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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Country diary: all of life lies in the planted seed

Cornflower seeds. ‘Seeds like stories. Seeds like dust. It takes me forever to sow them because I can’t help but pore over them.’ Photograph: Josie George
Cornflǎr sīdz. ‘Sīdz lîc storiz. Sīdz lîc dust. It tecs m fr evr t sǒ ɖm bcz I c’nt hlp bt pōr ovr ɖm.’ Foṭgraf: Josi Jorj

Cuntridayri: ol v lîf lîz in ɖ plantd sīd

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 29 April 2021)

Stǒc-on-Trent, Wst Midḷndz: I plant Frenć maṛgold, c’lenɉla n nstrśm. Ɖs z ɖ frst hopfl step t trnñ mî yard intu a smōl wilḍnis

Josi Jorj, 29 Epril 2021

Mî cuntrisîd z a smōl terist yard, brict in bî pīlñ hǎzz n crumḅlñ wōlz. It z ɖ onli cuntrisîd I’v hd axes t fr a loñ tîm, bt it hz ol ɖ importnt parts: gd rʈ, ʈñz ɖt gro, ʈñz ɖt sñ, crōl n búz. Mî fizicl dis’biḷti cīps m cntend hir, bt dspt m, it z a ples v endlis lîf n muvmnt.

Evri yir, sīdz bcm gd cmpańnz in cnstrent, tīćñ m ẃt rstrix́n z n ẃt it z’nt, śowñ m ẃn t wêt n ẃn t muv. Hvr loñ n cold ɖ wintr, ivnć̣li I gt t tec mî frst unstedi steps dǎn ɖ paʈ t ɖ potñśed – ɖ old ǎthǎs in fact, pîld hî wɖ sīd trez n flǎrpots – t bgin any. No matr ẃt grù or feld last yir, I gt t fil ɖ trez, start agn. I spend ol v Marć smîlñ. Hǎ cn y nt?

Ɖ wundr v it. Frenć maṛgoldsīdz lîc fẹri aroz, ɖ draid-up caṭpilrz v c’lenɉla, śrivld brenz v nstrśm. Sīdz lîc storiz. Sīdz lîc dust. It tecs m fr evr t sǒ ɖm bcz I c’nt hlp bt pōr ovr ɖm. Ɖe r yuñ lîc m, bt lc tîrd, drî n yslis, mć lîc m tù, n yt, n yt. I hold ɖz tîni, stil specs in mî handz n I nǒ ɖt wɖ inuf v ɖm, I cd līv ɖs ples n trn ɖ hol śabi tǎn I liv in intu a hol ny sort v cuntrisîd.

Smtmz I imajin ʈrowñ ɖm in fistḟlz fṛm mî mbiḷtiscūtr, slǒli woćñ flǎrz tec ovr evri oṿlct crac. Fr nǎ, I scatr mî sīdz nītli, rstrend, intu mî wêtñ trez, saṭsfaid ɖt ɖ smōl wilḍnis I cn mc in mî yard z inuf, bt I lîc nwñ ɖt I cd. I ges ol sīdz drīm v spredñ.

Az I sǒ, I ẃispr ɖ gretist prer v hop n trust I nǒ: “Bt wl y gro? Wl y b wɖ m hir?” N ɖen Epril cmz n ɖ qsćn z ansrd. “Yes,” se ɖ ny śūts. “Yes”.

Cuntridayri z on Twitr

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Instroduction to Ñspel

Clasics in Ñspel: DISABLED, by Wilfred Owen

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Wilfrid Own

H sat in a ẃīld ćer, wêtñ fr darc,

N śivrd in hiz gastli sūt v gre,

Leglis, soun śort at elbo. Ʈru ɖ parc

Vôsz v bôz rañ saḍnñ lîc a hím,

Vôsz v ple n pleźr aftr de,

Tl gaɖrñ slīp hd muɖrd ɖm fṛm him.

Abt ɖs tîm Tǎn yst t swñ so ge

Ẃn glǒlamps budd in ɖ lît-blu triz,

N grlz glanst luvlịr az ɖ er grù dim,—

In ɖ old tîmz, bfr h ʈrù awe hiz niz.

Nǎ h wl nvr fīl agn hǎ slim

Grlz’ weists r, or hǎ worm ɖer sutl handz,

Ol v ɖm tuć him lîc sm qir dziz.

Ɖr wz an artist sili fr hiz fes,

Fr it wz yungr ɖn hiz yʈ, last yir.

Nǎ, h z old; hiz bac wl nvr bres;

H’z lost hiz culr vri far fṛm hir,

Pord it dǎn śelhoulz tl ɖ veinz ran drî,

N haf hiz lîftîm lapst in ɖ hot rês

N līp v prpl sprtd fṛm hiz ʈî.

Wn tîm h lîct a bludsmir dǎn hiz leg,

Aftr ɖ maćz carid śoldr-hî.

It wz aftr ftbōl, ẃn h’d drunc a peg,

H ʈt h’d betr jôn. H wundrz ẃ.

Smwn hd sd h’d lc a god in cilts.

Ɖt’s ẃ; n mbi, tù, t plīz hiz Meg,

Ai, ɖt wz it, t plīz ɖ gidi jilts,

H asct t jôn. H dd’nt hv t beg;

Smîlñ ɖe rout hiz lî: ejd nîntīn yirz.

Jrmnz h scersli ʈt v, ol ɖer gilt,

N Ostria’z, dd nt muv him. N no firz

V Fir cem yt. H ʈt v juwld hilts

Fr dagrz in pled socs; v smart s’lūts;

N cer v armz; n līv; n pe arirz;

Esprit de corps; n hints fr yuñ rcrūts.

N sn, h wz draftd ǎt wɖ drumz n ćirz.

Sm ćird him hom, bt nt az crǎdz ćir Gol.

Onli a soḷm man hu bròt him frūts

Ʈanct him; n ɖen inqîrd abt hiz soul.

Nǎ, h wl spend a fy sic yirz in insttyts,

N d ẃt ʈñz ɖ rūlz cnsidr wîz,

N tec ẃtvr piti ɖe me dǒl.

Tnît h notist hǎ ɖ wimin’z îz

Pást fṛm him t ɖ stroñ men ɖt wr hol.

Hǎ cold n lêt it z! Ẃ d’nt ɖe cm

N pt him intu bed? Ẃ d’nt ɖe cm?

George Grosz │ GREY DAY │ 1921

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CLASICS IN ÑSPEL