Hoàng tử hôn công chúa ếch
Rồi hoàng tử hôn cung nữ
Cung nữ vuốt má bác làm vườn
Bác làm vườn cho cậu bé đánh giày quả táo
Quả táo được cậu bé chia cho cô bé bán vé số
Tờ vé số rơi vào tay kẻ trộm chó
Kẻ trộm chó khạc vào cây hoa ven đường
Cây hoa chết mang theo mầm bệnh cúm ếch
Những người còn lại sống khỏe mạnh
Và nói chung yêu đời đến khi đầu bạc răng long
(Trừ kẻ trộm chó có lần bị chó cắn
Nhưng hình như đã kịp tiêm phòng
Còn hắn có cắn ai không thì tôi không rõ).
The prince kissed the frog princess.
The prince kissed the palace maid.
The maid fondled the gardener’s cheek.
The gardener gave the shoeshine boy an apple.
The apple was shared with the lottery ticket girl.
A lottery ticket was purchased by the dog thief.
The dog thief spat on the roadside flower.
The flower died carrying away frog flu germs,
leaving the others healthy lives
and maybe still sharing love amongst them,
until they died naturally of old age –
(except the dog thief, who had been bitten by a dog,
but, fortunately, vaccinated in time,
although if he had bitten anyone else,
I wasn’t sure.).
Translated by Joe Dolce
- 100: BROWNFACESUBMIT NOW with W S Dunn 99: SINGAPORECOMING SOON with A Pang and J Ip 97 & 98: PROPAGANDAwith M Breeze and S groth 96: NO THEME IXwith M Gill and J Thayil 95: EARTHwith M Takolander 94: BAYTwith Z Hashem Beck 93: PEACHwith L Van, G Mouratidis, L Toong 92: NO THEME VIIIwith C Gaskin 91: MONSTERwith N Curnow 90: AFRICAN DIASPORAwith S Umar 89: DOMESTICwith N Harkin 88: TRANSQUEERwith S Barnes and Q Eades 87: DIFFICULTwith O Schwartz & H Isemonger 86: NO THEME VIIwith L Gorton 85: PHILIPPINESwith Mookie L and S Lua 84: SUBURBIAwith L Brown and N O'Reilly 83: MATHEMATICSwith F Hile 82: LANDwith J Stuart and J Gibian 81: NEW CARIBBEANwith V Lucien 80: NO THEME VIwith J Beveridge 57.1: EKPHRASTICwith C Atherton and P Hetherington 57: CONFESSIONwith K Glastonbury 56: EXPLODE with D Disney 55.1: DALIT / INDIGENOUSwith M Chakraborty and K MacCarter 55: FUTURE MACHINES with Bella Li 54: NO THEME V with F Wright and O Sakr 53.0: THE END with P Brown 52.0: TOIL with C Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with L Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with B Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with J Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with M Hall and S Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with T Ryan 48.1: CANADA with K MacCarter and S Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with C Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with L Armand and H Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with M Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with F Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with J Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with D Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with K MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with A Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with G Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with D Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with J Rowe and M Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with K MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with L Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with S Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with S Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with A Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with S Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with A Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with J Jones