Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Sara's Wedding last Saturday

Beto and I in the back... Why were we both crossed arm? Congrats on your wedding, dear Sara: my friend, co-worker, and my super Spanish teacher

Friday, October 14, 2011

I would not forget to mention these words:

msnING

While I could not find the right words to write an article on me for a local magazine, Mr. Tavares (23, Brazilian, Journalism major in Belgium) striked an extra talk on MESSENGER...
Felipe Tavares says:
Hey.
Hope burden says:
yeah
Felipe Tavares says:
You are one of the prettiest women I've ever known, and seen, actually.
Hope burden says:
why are you saying that? You don't even know me in person
Felipe Tavares says:
Because I saw your picture on Facebook and I just had to say it.
Hope burden says:
i am flattered anyway
thanks a lot
Felipe Tavares says:
You're welcome, but seriously. I mean it. One of the prettiest.
Hope burden says:
you seem to be good-looking yourself too
Felipe Tavares says:
I look okay, but I don't really mind about that.
Hope burden says:
that will help me to get inspiration on my article since it is about me and I am not joking
It is for a local magazine
it is creepy to write in first person
Felipe Tavares says:
Oh,
then write down about how you speak english to your brazilian friends,
and how you help them train their vocabulary, and how sometimes you even
forget you're both from the same country and have the same mother
tongue, and how much you can enchant somebody by just looking great.
Hope burden says:
that was nice.
I am going to copy and paste it to my blog that right away
i meant RIGHT AWAY, with no "THAT"
English is definitely easier to use on computer
Felipe Tavares says:
Do
you know when sometimes an artist finally finds himself staring at some
painting or sculpture from his favorite artist, that he cherishes so
much that he can't really put in words what it's like to look at it? And
know that some great person touched and molded the colors or carved the
stone centuries ago?
It's kinda like that. I don't know exactly what, but there's something about you.
Looking at it now, I could've written it better, but eh, whatever.
Hope burden says:
I am not so much into staring and analyzing pieces of art that way. I am
more graphical so I try to find meaning and connections. Although I
admire those who admire or are able to
Don't waste your wittiness on that
you know, for the sake of mere contemplation
Felipe Tavares says:
Exactly!
Contemplation. I'm like that with anything. When I went to the British
Museum I was fascinated by looking at hyeroglyphs that were painted by
someone 5000 years ago somewhere in Egypt. Just because it was so long
ago and still, it was there.
So I was kind of struck, I don't know any words for it.
Hope burden says:
this conversation has reminded of that have to write a poem for a wedding that is happening on Saturday... tomorrow actually
Felipe Tavares says:
And your beauty strikes too, that's all.
Hope burden says:
AWE
maybe you wished to say AWE
Felipe Tavares says:
Yeah!
Good one.
Hope burden says:
I like that word
Felipe Tavares says:
Me too. I like "awesome", but the real meaning of it.
Hope burden says:
There are some words that are profoundly beautiful just be cause of the way they sound like LUST too
FURIOUS
PORTRAIT
FORTUNATE
FLAWLESS
i like words that start with F... Felipe, Forceps, FENDER
\\funny//
fascinating
Felipe Tavares says:
Thunder, hoof, wanderlust... I like these.
Hope burden says:
must get going. have a good one
thanks for the flattering words

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mummy on the Doorstep
Christine Boyka Kluge

Sometimes they deliver only a shrunken body, yellow and leathery as a dog toy. The translators prop her in your doorway, ring the doorbell, then hide behind her, holding their breath. When you open the door, expecting a package . . . well, there she is --- blink-blink --- eyeless visitor from another time and place. They've gussied her up, tied a red silk ribbon around her little bald head. From the shape of the lovingly-wrapped linen, you detect the former beauty of her flesh. But her mind, extracted by hook, must be sleeping in a funerary jar elsewhere. Her falsetto chatter is as unintelligible as scarabs scratching sand. What, WHAT? Here and there words and images glitter like the gold snakes in her earlobes. But her language only sparkles at random. Your questions cannot be heard by those puckered apricot ears.
The mummy shuffles her parchment feet on the welcome mat. OH! Come in, come in. The translators crouch at her calves, panting, pushing her legs --- first one, then the other --- forcing her forward, into the foyer. As you recoil, she staggers a few steps on her own, stiff as an ironing board. They give her an extra shove, and she bounces into your arms. Perplexed but polite, you accept their gift. (Is she theirs to give? Or museum loot?) You lift her over your head, weightless as a piñata, rattling like a gourd --- and shake her, listening to the dried seeds talk.

scar... scar... scar ich verstehe nicht alles was du sagst... das Wesentliche habe ich, aber schon verstanden. Pass auf dich auf, wir werden uns in kürze, aber nicht in eile, wieder treffen. Ich empfinde weniger Sehnsucht, jedoch der Traum scheint war

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