by Hans Bötticher (1883 - 1934), as Joachim Ringelnatz
Translation © by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

Fliege und Wanze
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Die Fliege hat zur Wanze gesprochen:
"Leih' mir doch eine Maß Blut,
Ich habe den Bürgermeister gestochen. - -

Aber der roch nicht gut,
Und ich habe sein Blut, ohne was zu sagen,
In die Nase von seiner Frau übertragen
Und gab auch der Tochter und dem Sohn
Eine kleine Portion.
Und nun riecht die ganze Familie
Nach Quecksilber und Petersilie
Und ist voller Pickel und Flecke,
Und es ist ein Vergnügen, von der Decke
Aus zuzugucken, wie sie sich jucken."

Die Wanze tat etwas fremd
Und brummte: "Ach, Bagatelle!"
Und kroch dabei einem Kutscher ins Hemd.
Dort war derzeit ihre Quelle.

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  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "The fly and the bug", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The fly and the bug
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The fly had said to the bug:
"Lend me a little bit of blood,
I have pricked the mayor.

But he didn't smell good,
And so I have the blood, without saying anything,
Passed it on into his wife's nose
And gave also the daughter and son
A little bit.
And now the whole family smells
Of mercury and parsley
And is full of pimples and spots,
And it is a joy, from the ceiling
To watch how everyone itches.

The bug did something strange
And buzzed: "Oh, bagatelle!"
And crawled then into the shirt of a coach driver.
That was there at the moment his source [of supply].

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Text added to the website: 2009-03-13 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:10
Line count: 17
Word count: 109