Paul van Ostaijen


Bersaglieri Song Poem by Paul van Ostaijen


A gentleman going up the street
a gentleman going down the street
two gentlemen going up and down
that is the one gentleman goes up
and the other gentleman goes down
right in front of the shop of Henryson and Wenryson
right in front of the shop of Henryson and Wenryson
the famous hatmakers
they meet each other
one gentleman takes his high hat in his right hand
the other gentleman takes his high hat in his left hand
the one gentleman and the other
the right and the left the one going up and the one going down
the left going up
the right going down
each with his high hat his own high hat his bloody own high hat
pass each other
right in front of the door
of the shop
of Henryson and Wenryson
the famous hatmakers
then the two gentleman
the right and the left the one going up and the one going down
once past each other
put their hats on their heads again
don't misunderstand me
each puts his own hat on his own head
that is their right
that is the right of these two gentlemen

Submitted: Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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