# silly poems

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le do zilcrino

tu'a do co'u jimpe

ge'ecu'idai



Now that is an untranslatable knee-slapper!

I can translate it, even keeping the haiku form... given some liberty of interpretation:



no longer understands you.

But what do you care?



But you're right, that's not very much like the original! mi'e jezrax

I think zilcrino means zi'o crino, which means, "green thing for which green-ness isn't an applicable concept", as in the famous line "green ideas sleep furiously". Also, dai doesn't mean a question; I can't tell if you took that into account or not. But breaking the syllable count, I render up the terrible:

• ge'ecu'idai means "You must feel some unspecified emotion to a neutral degree." I think "But what do you care?" is about as good a rendition of that as we can hope for! zo'o
• Only Lojban can convey the delicate difference between ge'ecu'i and ge'eru'e!

Your green thing for which green-ness isn't an applicable concept