Clasics in Ñspel: AFRICAN TRAIN TRIP, by Laurie van der Hart

AFRICN TRENTRIP

Lōri van der Hārt

(A Sǎʈ Africn powt hu livz in ɖ Ćeh Rpublic)

 

Loñ-distns trentrips
I’v luvd ɖm sins I wz a cid
Got luld t slīp bî “cću cću”
N sweid abt ol nît ʈru
Slīpñ in ɖ top buncbed
(Wɖ litl rūm fr mî hed)
In crispli starćt śīts
N ćunci blu blancits
Marct wɖ a big “RR”, olwz
Fr w travld wɖ R’dīźa Relwez

Wocn p evri mornñ
Bî a metl on metl raṭlñ
At ɖ dor, n ɖ speśl smel
Ɖt I ń so vri wel
V trencofi srvd in ẃît ćîna cups
Or polistîrīn wnz

wɖ plastic tops

F w wr ovr ɖ bordr
In Botswana or Sǎʈ Africa

Ɖt yṇformd man n hiz troli
Olso bròt ẃt w xîtidli
Awêtd – SA swīts n snacs
‘Apltîzr’, ‘E’ro’ n ‘Nic-Nacs’
N at mīltîmz h pleid a tynlis tyn
On hiz zîḷfon az h wōct ʈru
Ɖ naro carijpasij
Cōlñ ol t dinr or lunć

Jrñ ɖ de w’d ple
In a liṃtd sort v we
Pirñ ǎt v ɖ pś-dǎn windoz
Wevñ t litl cidz in ɖ śadoz
V a gǒt-infstd tri

or a trmîtmǎnd

Ślṭrñ in eni śêd ɖt cd b faund
Trayñ t iscep

ɖ hot Botswana sún

Anɖr wrld –

so difṛnt fṛm ǎr ǒn wn

Mom trayñ t cīp ɖ pīs
N ordr in ǎr litl spes
Mcñ s woś in ɖ tîni metl snc
Wɖ a hold-dǎn tap

n a dstñtiv stnc

V relwe tracs cmñ p ʈru ɖ vnt
Fr ɖt z ẃr evrʈñ wnt
Fṛm ɖ lu at ɖ end v ɖ carij
Yzñ it dêli tc Mzilicazi curij!

N mî big bruɖr yst t hóp
Of n on at evri stop
Tec a lc arnd, xplor ɖ ples,
Mcñ ɖ rest v s so añśs
Ẃn ɖ tren wz līvñ
Wɖt him evr ri’pirñ
Untl fîṇli h’d śo p
Wɖ a bīmñ smîl n a fízpop

Sìṇri ćenjd az w hedd fr ɖ sì
W’d stren t si ɖ big houl

at Cimḅli

Gêz ovr ɖ flat-topt cópiz

v ɖ C’ru

Untl, at last,

mǎntn siluéts śon ʈru

N w’d pas ʈru ɖ Hx Rivr Vali
Wɖ its vińdz az far az ɖ î cd si
Ɖen w startd t snif

ɖ sént v ɖ ośn

N w ń w wr nirñ ǎr desṭneśn

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