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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NaPoWriMo 2016, Day 17: According to the Dictionary

Today's NaPoWriMo challenge is " to find, either on your shelves or online, a specialized dictionary. This could be, for example, a dictionary of nautical terms, or woodworking terms, or geology terms. Anything, really, so long as it’s not a standard dictionary! Now write a poem that incorporates at least ten words from your specialized source."  Hm, thanks napowrimo, this will get me out of my too--long-sitting habit, but what is the dictionary.  I don't think of one offhand, but, off the chair we go...the 'we' being hyperbole, or authorial preeminence, I suppose....
Ach, hier ist ein: a slender little GERMAN VEST POCKET DICTIONARY published by Random House--remember them?-- in 1959 and 67, containing forty thousand words.  My ten, plucked out at random, are:                            wieder, adv, again; back, in return                                                                                                               Morgendammerung, -en, n.f. dawn
                                                                eintrittt, -e, m, entrance
                                                                rennen, -, n.nt, race
                                                                weltweit, adj, world-wide

Trusting that 'race' in this case is a noun, my brain sets off toward a poem with the first five words.  Obviously my  fifty-plus years' lack of practice, after two mediocre years of college German, reveal a certain lack of Deutsch vocabulary and grammatical skills.  Yikes. Corrections welcome! But it was fun to try.

Morgendammerung ist wieder zukommen,
und die weltweit rennen diesen tag musst wieder eintritt machen. 
Wohin hast du gehen?
Wilst du wieder kommen?
Wann du wieder komst,
Dann hast treue Morgendammerung 
im ganze weltweit kommen treue..

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