Subject, Verb, Object
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Vito Smolej
Germany
Local time: 22:30
Member (2004)
English to Slovenian
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Jan 10, 2009

by James Richardson

I is not ego, not the sum
of your unique experiences,
just, democratically,
whoever's talking,
a kind of motel room,
yours till the end---
that is, of the sentence.

The language, actually,
doesn't think I's important,
stressing, even in
grandiose utterances---
e.g., I came
I saw I conquered---
the other syllables.

Oh, it's a technical problem,
sure, the rhyme
on so-so-open
lie, cry, I
harder to stitch tight
than the ozone
hole in the sky.

But worst is its plodding insistence---
I, I, I---
somebody huffing uphill,
face red as a stop sign,
scared by a doctor
or some He She It
surprised in the mirror.


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Jan Willem van Dormolen  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 22:30
English to Dutch
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On topic Jan 10, 2009

This will be extremely hard to translate indeed, into any language I reckon...

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Alexandra Taggart  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 23:30
Russian to English
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more than one meaning/definition Jan 10, 2009

1) Happy New year all the year round - happy new morning (subject);
2) Democratically speaking - speaking to himself (verb);
3) Mirror - perpetually coming back (object)


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E.Plisson  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 22:30
English to French
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In French, why not ? (first verse only) Jan 11, 2009

Je n'est pas ego, ni la somme
particulière de tes expériences
Juste - c'est démocratique -
Les mots de n'importe qui,
Une chambre d'hôtel anonyme
Que tu occupes jusqu'à la fin
- au moins jusqu'à celle de la phrase.


"I is not ego, not the sum
of your unique experiences,
just, democratically,
whoever's talking,
a kind of motel room,
yours till the end---
that is, of the sentence."


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