Poetry at the Post: Exploring Macaronics

White Knight Syndrome by Antoine Cassar

Ribussa ai miei pensieri un desiderio d’ieri,
chagrin malin d’amour, a cold and burning bliss,
mil noches sin dormir, il sogno in cui non c’eri,
u f’qalbi llejla jriegħed, niftakar f’ħarstek biss …

Translation:
White Knight Syndrome

Knocking on the door of my thoughts comes a desire from yesterday, malign grief of love, a cold and burning bliss, a thousand sleepless nights, the dream where you were not, and in my heart tonight it thunders, as I remember no more than your look…

Copper engraving of Doctor Schnabel [i.e. Dr. Beak] (a plague doctor in 17th-century Rome) with a satirical macaronic poem ("Vos Creditis, als eine Fabel, / quod scribitur vom Doctor Schnabel")
Copper engraving of Doctor Schnabel [i.e. Dr. Beak] (a plague doctor in 17th-century Rome) with a satirical macaronic poem (“Vos Creditis, als eine Fabel, / quod scribitur vom Doctor Schnabel”)

Poetry Month continues and today is Day 14 of NAPOWRIMO—30 poems in 30 days.

Today’s challenge is “to write a poem that takes the form of a dialogue” but I got a bit diverted with the idea of macaronic language, or the mixing of languages within the same conversation. So, here’s my take on a macaronic poem in dialogue.

In Pursuit of an Errant Act by Alice-Catherine Jennings

That is when I understood the magical meaning of the circle. If you go away from the row, you can still come back into it. A row is an open formation. But a circle closes up, and if you go away from it, there is no way back…I left the circle and have not yet stopped falling. (Milan Kundera)

Me parece:

macaronisch marxista mop
macilento mephytic monk

me pareció:

mythopoeic maan
morfien mood

Translation:

Methinks:
macaronic marxist mop
macilent mephytic monk

Methought:
mythopoeic moon
morphine mood

Moonrise over Mano Prieto  photo courtesy of John M. Jennings, 2013
Moonrise over Mano Prieto
photo courtesy of John M. Jennings, 2013

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