Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Automne - Poem by Michael Shepherd

I wrote, attempting French for a beautiful image which seemed halfway to French already:

Quand les oiseaux migrateurs
rouillent sur leurs branches,
peut-etre les arbres croient
ses feuilles s'en retournent...

but...here is real French from Michel Galiana's voice:

“Quand les oiseaux migrateurs
Se perchent sur leurs branchages,
Ils croient peut-être, les arbres,
Que leurs feuilles sont de retour. »

and a further 'more classical' rendering:

'Lorsque les oiseaux migrateurs
Se posent sur eux, est-ce pour
Faire croire aux arbres que leurs
Feuilles enfin sont de retour? '

with apologies and thanks. MS

Comments about Automne by Michael Shepherd

  • (6/18/2005 12:10:00 PM)

    Hey, it's pretty nice! (Report)Reply

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  • (6/18/2005 11:13:00 AM)

    ... apologies, folks - just a young man's yearning to write chanson lyrics like Jacques Prevert... all corrections welcome and appreciated... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 18, 2005

Poem Edited: Monday, February 27, 2006

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