Saturday, November 5, 2011

The River by Valerie Bloom

The River by Valerie Bloom




The River's a wanderer, 
A nomad, a tramp, 
He doesn't choose one place
To set his camp.



The River's a winder,
Through valley and hill
He twists and he turns,
He just cannot be still.

The River's a hoarder,
And he buries down deep
Those little treasures
That he wants to keep.

The River's a baby,
He gurgles and hums,
And sounds like he's happily
Sucking his thumb.

The River's a singer,
As he dances along,
The countryside echoes
The notes of his song.




The River's a monster
Hungry and vexed,
He's gobbled up trees
And he'll swallow you next. 


Glossary:

*gobbled = to eat something quickly and greedily
(Bahasa Malaysia = membaham/menelan)
*gurgle = to make a bubbling sound in the throat, or say something with a bubbling sound in the throat
(Bahasa Malaysia = mengomel)
*hoarder = a person who collects and stores, often secretly, large amounts of things such as food or money for future use
(Bahasa Malaysia = orang yang suka menyimpan harta benda; selalunya untuk masa depan)
*hum = to sing with lips closed and without words
(Bahasa Malaysia = menderam/berdengung)
*swallow = to make food or drink go down your throat and towards your stomach
(Bahasa Malaysia = menelan)
*tramp = a homeless person who travels on foot, often begging for a living
(Bahasa Malaysia = pengemis)
*treasure = something of great value or worth
(Bahasa Malaysia = khazanah/harta karun)
*vexed = provoked to slight annoyance, anxiety or distress
(Bahasa Malaysia = panas baran)
*wanderer, nomad = somebody who drifts from place to place
(Bahasa Malaysia = pengembara)



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