The Gazeebo

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The Gazeebo: le commencement est la moitié de tout

Hey all!

Lately, I have been changing things up a little just for the fun of it by having a bit of French stuff.  Well, this is just another day of it.. the title here was given to me by a friend.. it means “beginning is half of everything,” and it was originally a saying by Pythagore.

Anyway, the reason for the title – today was the first day at GCC [in AZ] so I was pretty excited.  It’s a new beginning toward the rest of my life.. another step toward where I’m heading.  I had this Intro to Communication class, which is basically a gen-ed for a lot of different majors lol.  But, it’s still part of the move, another piece of the transition that I’m in right now, so it matters 🙂

Well that’s really all for today.. I’m getting kind of tired and have to wake up at a decent time for tomorrow’s classes anyway lol.  So, here’s the poem – this one was originally done in German by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  It was translated here by Hyde Flippo.  Both versions were found here.


Ich ging im Walde
So für mich hin,
Und nichts zu suchen,
Das war mein Sinn.

Im Schatten sah ich
Ein Blümchen stehn,
Wie Sterne leuchtend
Wie Äuglein schön.

Ich wollt es brechen,
Da sagt’ es fein:
Soll ich zum Welken,
Gebrochen sein?

Ich grubs mit allen
Den Würzeln aus,
Zum Garten trug ichs
Am hübschen Haus.

Und pflanzt es wieder
Am stillen Ort;
Nun zweigt es immer
Und blüht so fort.


English Translation



I was walking in the woods
Just on a whim of mine,
And seeking nothing,
That was my intention.

In the shade I saw
A little flower standing
Like stars glittering
Like beautiful little eyes.

I wanted to pick it
When it said delicately:
Should I just to wilt
Be picked?

I dug it out with all
Its little roots.
To the garden I carried it
By the lovely house.

And replanted it
In this quiet spot;
Now it keeps branching out
And blossoms ever forth.


August 22, 2011 - Posted by | Your Lungren Originals | , , , , , ,

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