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In The Colonie (an extract: 60)

Michael Rosen


In The Colonie (an extract: 60)

Michael Rosen


Poem introduction

I don't speak English. I don't even speak the French I was taught. Shoes aren't les chaussures here. They're les goddesses, l'eau is la flotte, le vin is le pinard. My head is inside out; English used to be in deep and French outside. I've stopped translating. I don't think 'let's go' and turn it into on y va. On y va is all I've got. And it's the same with j'en sais rien, moi, and n'y'en a plus and ca y est. I don't know what the English is doing. I think it's dying. The French is pushing it out of its seat in the middle where it thought it was safe. It thought it was in charge and now it isn't.

In The Colonie (an extract: 60)


from In The Colonie (Penguin, 2005), copyright © Michael Rosen 2005, used by permission of the author

Recordings

Michael Rosen Reading from his Poems

1Introduction to Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense 2Rosie Rosie 3Really? 4Help 5Footling Around

63 Limericks

7The News

8Bleep 9Get Up 10Polypropylene 11Bips 12More, More, More 13Tag-Along 14Who Am I?

15Yesterday

16Postscript to Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense 17Introduction to Even More Nonsense 18Something that Smells 19Walking Home 20Plonky Wonky Doodah

21My Friend Elsie

22The Great Big Hole

23You Think You Know 24The Smeenge

25Riding Down to Boxland

26Inky Stinky 27My Drink 28Windscreen Wipers 29Our Party 30Treasure 31Introduction to In The Colonie 32Extract from In The Colonie 33Extract from In The Colonie

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