Saturday, February 19, 2011

So please excuse the handwriting


Achtung! Wenn Sie auf diesen Zaun klettern, wirst du sterben. New Town Oval, New Town. February 2011.

Everywhere you go there is somebody ordering you about. STOP! WAIT! CAUTION! OBAY! DON’T! NO!

Never once do they say please. I’ve not seen a THANK YOU, WELL DONE or CONGRATULATIONS.

It’s not good enough.


It's Dark in Here, by Shel Silverstein

I am writing these poems
From inside a lion,
And it's rather dark in here.
So please excuse the handwriting
Which may not be too clear.
But this afternoon by the lion's cage
I'm afraid I got too near.
And I'm writing these lines
From inside a lion,
And it's rather dark in here.

3 comments:

Dina said...

Jawohl. Gut gesagt. You're right.

It's like I walk down the village street and every single electric pole has the sign in Hebrew and English: DANGER OF DEATH.

Carola said...

Danke für die Übersetzung.
Thanks for the translation.

Signs are always interesting.

I found Australia is one of the countrys with the most signs. What do you think?

Kris said...

Dina, "DANGER OF DEATH". There is a nice simplicity to that...

Carola, I agree. Australian's like to think of theselves as relaxed and liberated, but my (brief) experience elsewhere tells me that we live in a heavily regulated society. The fact that I’m working on developing a strategic framework designed to deliberately shape and modify people’s behaviour towards alcohol, tobacco and other drugs pretty much confirms it.