Translations

In many ways, I am more translator than writer. I spend much of my time translating what other people have written (with all the best intentions of course) into words and sentences that are easy to read and understand. I am artful in my placement of semicolons in the right place, knowledgeable about the serial comma (though I don’t care for it) and unafraid of leaving the extraneous on the cutting room floor.

Yet sometimes words poorly translated make the most impact. Case in point: English that began as Japanese. I received a new stash of fabric from my favorite online resource, Superbuzzy, today. They specialize in Japanese fabrics and often feature storybook scenes. As I folded the freshly laundered material into neat squares, my eye fell upon this one:

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And I had to laugh. There are three phrases that tell us the story.

1) The depths of a forest found a house of a cake deeply what.

2) Two people ate a cake of the full. I spent a very happy time.

3) One day a good friend brother and animals lived very much.

It may not make complete sense (or any) but sure does make me smile. Maybe punctuation is overrated.

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One Response to “Translations”

  1. Sage Says:

    The perfect found poem! Absolutely beautiful! My friend Austin has a sweat jacket from Japan that reads across the chest “Angel Potato”! Sometimes nonsense makes the most sense of all!

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