Posted by: katelyninfrance | October 7, 2009

Traaannnssllaatiiooonnn!

Love the comments on my last post, guys. I figured I should be a kind blog-master and translate it into English for ye non-French speakers. The google translation was SO HILARIOUS. I had a bunch of misspellings and some grammar mistakes, I noticed at a second read-through, but I’m too lazy to go fix them and all, so maybe that had something to do with it? All I have to say- yard snail. Lolz. So here we go.

Today I will write in French because I can. But not really. There will be a lot of mistakes but that’s life, sorry.

So, yesterday I went to Saint Tropez, a really famous town. There are a lot of stars who go there, but I didn’t see any. 😦 But I saw the other exchange students so it was good, I think. We are American, but there is one Indian girl and one Japanese girl. The Japanese girl doesn’t speak a lot of english or french, so I think it’s difficult for her. However, she is very cute and friendly, so she could be good.

I bought French clothing at Saint Tropez. I LOVE FRENCH CLOTHING! TOO CUTE! But it’s very expensive here! I am sad. 😦

The cat is too cute also! Now, she is attacking little flies because she loves to eat them. Very funny, yes? When I talked with my dad this afternoon, she jumped in my things. I said, “Nala! Stop!” but she didn’t listen. Oh my little cat, I love you!

Sometimes it is very difficult for me here, but other times, it’s not too bad. I don’t know! It’s very weird, I don’t like it. I don’t want to go to school tomorrow, but I am very bored when I am not at school. I hope that I can see the other exchange students a lot, and also visit Carol, Hovard, and Ida Mirian in Norway. Only three weeks and after it’s two weeks of vacation, i must be patient. But it’s difficilt!

Today I ate two pains au chocolat. TOO GOOD. TOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD. I LOVE THEM.

Also I found books on French grammar. I think they’re very good for me. I think that I will study French in my English class. Lol.

Oh no, I forgot my homework for my physics class! Auuuuuuuuugggghhhoihrgneiorthngrt. Tomorrow I will ask Manon how to do the homework, because I don’t know. Not at all!

Well, I think that I’m going to take a shower now. I hope that all is good in H-town. Lol, in H-town. xD

If you would like to understand this message, you can ask me to write in English. (I wrote French but meant english lol) Maybe I’ will? But maybe not. Ahaha. Good night, everyone!

Well that’s it. It’s nice to write in French, sometimes it flows and it’s like- OMGIMWRITINGINFRENCHTHISISSOCOOL but sometimes it doesn’t and it’s like WOWOKAYISUCK. But I suppose it will get better with time. The weird this is when I was translating that just now, I started writing Japanese like Japonese, with an o, and that’s how it’s spelled in French (well japonaise but yeah) so I guess the French must be subtly influencing my mind. Cool/strange, huh? So today I had/am having terrible awful cramps of doom like I seem to have every other month or so. IT SUCKS. HARD.

I posted more photos on facebook if you guys want to check them out. I also found out how to embed photos in my posts here, so maybe I’ll have some fancy posts and not just these walls of text? MAYBE NOT LOL. We’ll see. For those of you without facebooks, I think you can access the pictures via this link. At least I hope you can. Let me know if it works, okay?

I think I’ll post my poetry now because if I don’t now there will be more to post in the future and blah blah blah I’m just gonna do it now okay I hope you enjoy. They’re all untitled because who likes titles anyway right? 

EMO POEM NUMBER ONE:

I am a nuisance here.
A bother.
Unwanted.
Too timid and
Too quiet and
Too embarrassed and 
Too tall and
Too pale and
Too everything.
But I am also not enough.
Not enough courage and
Not enough knowledge and
Not enough friends and
Not enough beauty and
Not enough faith.
Too impatient.
Not enough work.
Too needy.
Not enough personality.
Oh, if only I was
As the fairy tale says,
Just right.

EMO POEM NUMBER TWO:

Perhaps I should ride in a pumpkin carriage
As she did with her swirling gown
And fragile toes.
Perhaps I am like this creature of
The fireplace, albeit not nearly as
Pretty or unfortunate.
But we both dance with mice
Amid the piles of dirt we have
Nodoubtedly  created ourselves.
So I will continue singing
“In my own little corner
In my own little chair”
Even if he never comes for me
Like he did for her.

EMO POEM WRITTEN IN FRENCH:

Où est mon Manon?
Sans Manon, je ne suis rien.
Avec Manon, je suis un ennui.
Je me sens seulement ici
Toujours j’essaie mais
Peut-être c’est moi?
Peux-je ne le fais pas?
Ou quoi? Aujourd-hui est octobre.
Tout le monde me manque.
Où est ma mamon avec qui je peux embracer?
Où est mon père avec qui je peux parler?
Où est ma sœur avec qui je peux jouer?
Aux États-Unis, aux États-Unis.
Je sais, tu m’as dit déja.
Mais je vais continuer pour demander-
Où sont vous?

EMO POEM WRITTEN IN FRENCH ABOVE TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH EVEN THOUGH I PREFER IT IN FRENCH BECAUSE I AM A KIND PERSON:

Where is my Manon?
Without Manon, I am nothing.
With Manon, I am a bother.
I feel lonely here
Always I try but
Maybe it’s me?
Can I not do this?
Or what? Today is October.
I miss everyone.
Where is my mom with whom I can hug?
Where is my dad with whom I can talk?
Where is my sister with whom I can play?
In the United States, in the United States.
I know, you told me already.
But I am going to continue to ask-
Where are you? 

SLIGHTLY RANDOM EMO POEM IN FRENCH I PROBS DON’T NEED TO POST HERE BUT AM ANYWAY BECAUSE I ENJOY POSTING POETRY SORRY GUYS HOPE YOU DON’T MIND:

Ce cours est comme
Beaucoup de tigres
Gros et grands
Avec les poulets
Ils dansent devant
Ma fenêtre et je regarde, 
Triste et solitaire.

ABOVE WEIRD POEM ETC. TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH:

This class is like
A lot of tigers
Fat and tall
With the chickens
They dance outside
My window and I watch,
Sad and alone.

SLIGHTLY LESS EMO POEM BUT STILL HAS SOME EMO EDGES TO IT ALSO I LIKE THE LANGUAGE OF THIS ONE:

I wrap words around my fingers
A wedding ring of
Verbs, adjectives, nouns or
Like a yo-yo I guide them
Up and down the string attached
To my soul they are the barrettes
In my hair, the belt around
My waist, they sparkle like
Diamonds and rubies in my ears. 
But here they allude me.
Here I grasp for them like
A baby rooting for a nipple I
Close my fist but they are
A streaming liquid flowing
Down my arms like smoke or perhaps 
Like watching the bus you have
Ran to catch drive around
Your corner, squealing tires,
Cackling driver, giving you
The finger as you stand there in
The rain.

ANOTHER SLIGHTLY LESS EMO POEM THIS IS THE LAST ONE FOR NOW I PROMISE ALSO APPARENTLY I LIKE USING YO-YOS AS IMAGERY I DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE UNTIL NOW LOL:

Up and down and up and down
I am a yo-yo
On the string of France
Connected to the index finger
Of God, and as he pleases
I am soaring, flying, then
Taunt and low, the fiery gates
Of Hell, Satan reaches out his hand
And I almost take it but am
Whipped up again amongst the
Angels and
Mozart concertos
Then again the
Demons and
Hearse dirges
Until all I see are
Bright, searing colors
Frenzied and blending into
A single accordion,
A dancing clown, 
A laughing child,
A pointing finger.

JESUS THAT IS A LOT OF POETRY. I’m sorry if you guys are like “god katelyn what’s with this poetry srsly all the damn time blah blah art words screw your passions” but I really do hope you enjoy them! They aren’t particularly good as a whole, a couple are better than others, a couple are like- okay um why did you post this again? but since this blog is suppsoed to document my life here in France I figured I should post them all, the good and the bad. Or perhaps the not-as-bad and the bad would be more correct.

Well tomorrow is Thursday which means the next day is Friday which means the next day is the weeeekkeenndddd yeesssss!!! I’ll see if I can get out swimming tomorrow because of awful cramps and everything- the last thing I want to do is die in a pool while going through the miracle of menstruation. Oooorrr something like that. Ya.

Uhhh, today was a bit of an emo day. But I think this post has had more than the daily alloted dose of emo already so I won’t go into details. Instead I think I’ll finish this before it becomes an even larger wall of text than it actually is. Missing you all, blah blah, hope everything is good in the US/Norway/Lalaland, blah blah, etc. See you guys lataaa!!!

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Responses

  1. Katelyn, your poems are much better than you think. Consider submitting them somewhere. How about Philadelphia Stories, http://www.philadelphiastories.org/masthead? Check them out. I know one of the editors. I am happy to submit one or two. Others of you out there, do you like Katelyn’s poetry? Where can she submit some of them? Love, Dad

  2. dearest katelyn,
    your poetry is truly beautiful! and beautifully emo. yes, you’ve made beautifully emo possible. anything that expresses how you really feel over there makes me feel closer to you, but this poetry, shyea…publish it man. also the pains au chocolat sounds like really good right now. yum. oh and that kitty named nala made me think of the lion king. SO COOL. and cute. heheehehe.
    hugs again,
    Caroline

  3. Thanks for the translation! I liked the poetry.

  4. oh Katelyn ! You really wrote a poem talking (a bit ) about me ? You didn’t tell me ! You are speaking french better now ! You are an amazing poet !
    bisous ! see you tomorrow !

    Manon


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