Chappie Paper Poetry

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Poetry

From an ancient time when words still meant something.

I was in a rut.  I chewed gum. I stuck it on my desk and wrote about the, “Did You Know” snippets on the back of my bubble gum wrapper. This is what I discovered…

Goukomtoring  (apologies to English readers, this can only be in Afrikaans)

Ek bou n kougomtoring

en verwonder myself aan die

pastel kleure van die uitgekoude

bakstene.

Sieklike soet  blokkies word

bittergou  tot smakelose

plastiekhopies gekou.

Tienduisend tandwonde sny deur

elastieselyf

en steeds rekonstrukteer

die gom homself weer.

Spoeg uit! Spoeg uit!,

en druk hom op sy maat se

kop.

Sy asem is uit,

sy funksie op.

Al wat oorbly is die bleek pasteel

hopie kleure wat plakkersgewys

aanmekaar klou in n raam.

van geraamte en vel.

Sal nogal n lekker Karen Zoid lied maak.

Liefdelengte in Jare

ek lees…

Die Kokerjuffer, oftewel Eendagsvlieg,

lewe slegs vir 5ure,

op die wyse agterblad

Van die Chappies Papiere

En droom…

Van vliegende lewensLiefde

Wat bruis deur die Eendagsvlieg

Vir5UreVanVreugde-

Loos na 6…

n botterdroom van

Vet TermietLiefde

Van50Jaar

Roughly translated

Mayfly Love

(onthebackofachappiepaper)

did you know – Mayflies live for only 5hours.

I dream…

Love May fly,

like a May Fly love

Lovely 5hours of Love

Loveless Life After 6

Here’s dreaming of a

TermiteQueenLove

For 50FatYears

With You My Dove

And..

Did you know – peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

What little nut

could strut

his protein-filled gut

with such glee

and scream

that yea,

take a little

bite of my potent carriage,

risking entrance to this explosive marriage.

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