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looking for a poem
Posted by: fsmothers (71.86.153.---)
Date: October 23, 2008 11:57PM

turning of the chillen in bed


Re: looking for a poem
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (24.189.158.---)
Date: October 24, 2008 01:58AM

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The Turning Of The Babies In The Bed

WOMAN 'S sho' a cur'ous critter,
an' dey ain't no doubtin' dat.
She 's a mess o' funny capahs f''om huh
slippahs to huh hat.
Ef you tries to un'erstan' huh an' you
fails, des up an' say:
"D' ain't a bit o' use to try to
un'erstan'
a woman's way."

I don' mean to be complainin', but I 's
jes'
a-settin' down
Some o' my own obserwations, w'en I
cas' my eye eroun'.
Ef you ax me fu' to prove it, I ken do it
mighty fine,
Fu' dey ain't no bettah 'zample den dis
ve'y wife o' mine.

ln de ve'y hea't o' midnight, w'en I 's
sleepin' good an' soun',
I kin hyeah a so't o' rustlin' an' some-
body movin' 'roun'.
An' I say, "Lize, whut you doin'?" But
she frown an' shek huh haid,
"Heish yo' mouf, I 's only tu'nin' of de
chillun in de bed.

"Don' you know a chile gits restless,
layin' all de night one way?
An' you' got to kind o' 'range him sev'al
times befo' de day?
So de little necks won't worry, an' de
little backs won't break;
Don' you t'ink case chillun 's chillun dey
hain't got no pain an' ache."

So she shakes 'em, an' she twists 'em,
an' she tu'ns 'em 'roun' erbout,
'Twell I don' see how de chillun evah
keeps f''om hollahin' out.
Den she lif's 'em up head down'ards, so's
dey won't git livah-grown,
But dey snoozes des ez peacefill ez a
liza'd on a stone.

W'en hit 's mos' nigh time fu' wakin' on
de dawn o' jedgment day,
Seems lak I kin hyeah ol' Gab'iel lay his
trumpet down an' say,
"Who dat walkin' 'roun' so easy, down
on earf ermong de dead?"
'T will be Lizy up a-tu'nin' of de chillun
in de bed.


Re: looking for a poem
Posted by: LindaD (91.110.152.---)
Date: October 25, 2008 01:03PM

Two comments.

I wonder why the title is in standard English while the poem is in dialect.

And it's all very well a poet writing in dialect but I can't understand this one. I'm right in thinking it's from the southern states of the USA, yes? But even attempting to read it out loud is getting me nowhere.


Re: looking for a poem
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (24.189.158.---)
Date: October 25, 2008 06:39PM

Yes, black southern antebellum dialect can be maddening...I guess I'm used to it, I'll be happy to decipher any particular passage which causes you trouble

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/25/2008 06:40PM by JohnnyBoy.


Re: looking for a poem
Posted by: LindaD (91.110.232.---)
Date: October 26, 2008 10:39AM

I can just about work out the plot of the story, but lose all the poetry.


Re: looking for a poem
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (24.189.158.---)
Date: October 26, 2008 05:27PM

ln de ve'y hea't o' midnight, w'en I 's
sleepin' good an' soun',
I kin hyeah a so't o' rustlin' an' some-
body movin' 'roun'.
An' I say, "Lize, whut you doin'?" But
she frown an' shek huh haid,
"Heish yo' mouf, I 's only tu'nin' of de
chillun in de bed.

In the very heart of midnight
When I'm sleeping good and sound
I can hear a sort of rustling
And somebody moving round
And I say "Lize, what you doing?"
But she frowns and shakes her head
"Hush your mouth ,I'm only turning
Of the children in the bed

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/26/2008 05:28PM by JohnnyBoy.


Re: looking for a poem
Posted by: LindaD (91.110.232.---)
Date: October 27, 2008 03:47PM

That I can read in rhythm, thank you.




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