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Lullaby of the Tortoise August 22, 2015

Posted by anagasto in poetry.
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Green, slow, the tortoise

Already dispatched its parsley,
Its little leaf of lettuce!

Into the water with you ;
it’s spilling over !

Into the water,
You duck !

And don’t we have a good time, the boy and I,
watching the little tortoise

Swimming —
Dumb and all alone.
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rafael-alberti

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Verde, lenta, la tortuga

¡Ya se comió el perejil,
la hojita de la lechuga!

¡Al agua, que el baño está
rebosando!

¡Al agua,
pato!

Y sí que nos gusta a mí
y al niño ver la tortuga
tontita y sola nadando.

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It is a great little poem, for it has this in common with great verse elsewhere : that it seems to mean almost nothing, and yet you won’t easily forget it.

Its mnemonics are of an old, but efficient  kind, in fact the same as inspires those advertising jingles.

The idea is to turn a short phrase into a rhyme or a song.

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tn_what are they talking about

http://www.ojodigital.com/foro/

Alberti was from a pueblo next to  Cádiz, Spain.  He was born in  1902, and he died in 1999.

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Cadiz by night by Juanjo2 given to public domain according to http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitxer:Gades.jpg. Aquesta obra ha estat alliberada al domini públic pel seu autor World Wind Wiki. Això s’aplica a tot el món.

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Cadiz is built all around its port and stretches way out into the ocean.


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Cadiz at sunset photographed by JuanJaén is under a CC license at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cadiz06.jpg. —

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Cadiz is now famous among surfers.
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Photo  by Mdf under a CC license at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bf/Bucephala-albeola-010.jpg</span.

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