Monday, 8 September 2014

Dutch letter

Let's have a small compensation for all those who do not love the poetry of Neruda, but do appriciate a bit of humor:

Deze brief is in het Nederlands. Dat betekent dat niemand hem kan lezen. Tenzij je natuurlijk in Nederland woont. Of in de Overzeese gebiedsdelen. Of dat je ooit Nederlands hebt geleerd voor welke vreemde reden dan ook.

"Geachte heer, ik moet u danken
Voor 't postpakket dat ik ontving.
Maar u vergeeft mij ongetwijfeld
Een zekere teleurstelling

Toen ik de hand vroeg van uw dochter,
Die ik hartstochtelijk bemin,
Deed ik zulks niet in letterlijke,
Doch overdrachtelijke zin."

Daan Zonderland

A Dutch letter by a Dutch poet who made many very funny poems. It is difficult to translate, but I do get an A for trying:

Dear Sir, I say many thanks to thee
for the parcel you so kindly sent to me
but I'm sure you will forgive me
to be crestfallen slightly

When I asked for your daughters hand
whom I love like the sea loves the sand
I meant this figuratively
and certainly not literally.

9 comments:

  1. Lol.. Love it.
    So even Dutch have sanse of humor...?

    ML

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    1. No we don't. We're like Germans. No sense of humor at all.

      ;-)

      Thanks for reading the post,
      Han

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  2. This bad but it is very funny

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    1. Do you know:
      In Conneticut
      in een waterput verdronk mijn tante Eefje
      Nog jaren later
      dronk mijn oom 't water
      uitsluitend door een zeefje

      Trying to translate:
      In Conniticut
      in a water well
      my aunt Eefje drowned
      many years after that
      my uncle drank the water
      only trough a sifter.

      (John O' MIll)

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    1. The only wise thing to do. You be the adult of the two of us.

      Have a wonderful evening,
      Han

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  4. Just stopped by. No other comments except have a great day.

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    1. You have a great day as well, Leigh. I appreciate you took the time to comment. :-)

      Han

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  5. Very cute poem Han...thanks for sharing. ;)

    Hugs and Blessings...
    Cat

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