February 5th, 2021

Babelfishing Poetry: "I Can Sit For Two Months"

Babelfishing Poetry: "I Can Sit For Two Months"


Hello!  And how are you today?  Good?  Yes?  No?  In-between?  So-so?  Comme ci, comme ça?  A little iffy?  Rather not say?  Keeping it a secret?  It's a mystery?  Being coy about it?  Can't decide?  Have to think about it a little longer?  Wanting to hedge your bets?  Need to consult with someone about it?  Who even cares?  None of the above?  All of the above?  Regardless of how you're doing, it's time for more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, convolute the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week let's run "Moonlight Bay" through the Babelfishing process and see what happens (listen to Glenn Miller's version of the song here, or watch a clip of actress-singer Alice Faye singing it in the film Alexander's Ragtime Band here, or listen to the Mills Brothers' smooth, relaxed version here, or listen to Leon Redbone's gentle rendition here, or watch a clip of the song sung in an episode of the cartoon "Hey Arnold" here, or watch this clip from a Porky Pig cartoon of drunken cats singing it barbershop quartet style here).  Enjoy.


I Can Sit For Two Months

Cut the white thread.
Yukon baloo T-shirt.
August permission, then
warnings, I think.
Girl.
Month in the corner.

We had it,
month in the corner.
Listen to the sound.
He said
the tail of my heart,
go here now.
We cannot love old love.
I can sit for two months.


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