Min Hemska Svenska (My Awful Swedish) 2011

Min Hemska Svenska

(My Awful Swedish)


When I think there’s nothing left to say,

I play.

A word, a phrase:

Days, daze, phase, lazy…

You know.

Did an interview on radio

(a week ago).

My awful Swedish.

Did it and enjoyed it –

Each un-syntax/

Grammaticalized minute.

Brooklyn dame!  Where was her shame?

How dare she mutter one small utterance!

Kids from China here three years – accent-free.

I’ve twenty-six behind me

Still not sure of grammatiken.

You whose mother tongue

Is comfy in your language zone

May never understand the  situation.

May my tongue-in-cheek

(It rhymes with grammatik)

Hit funny bone,

And find the fun I had

In spite of bad

And awful Swedish:

Not the language – mine!


©Min Hemska Svenska 2.16.2011

A Sense of The Ridiculous;

Arlene Corwin








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