I was thinking
weird is language
there is a difference
in how I think Finnish
Written for https://dversepoets.com/2020/05/21/mtb-5-line-japanese-poetic-forms/ prompt. My favourite bar. I know fuck all about Japanese poetic forms, but I do like these symbols and how they can be used so this is what I came up with from the prompt. Would this maybe be a Kyoka? Tried even the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count, which for me is highly structured as I usually write …intuitively? I mean I do have “the big picture”-thought structure but I usually assemble it without much attention to detail.
The topic, of how language changes how we think interests me much. I am a Finn, I learned English in school, through computers and reading. And later talking of course. So I am a self-declared bilinguist, though I’ve had some top notch teachers aka conversation companions too! Like you!
It came to me as I have this one story, from a childhood memory of mine which I’m trying to turn into a kind of adults fable (“white cradle”, I have met through net an amazing multivisual artist and we’re trying to make a book out of it.), originally written some 16 years ago in Finnish. As the visual artist, for some reason doesn’t speak Finnish I started translating it into English, as I don’t in turn speak Swedish. I was amazed. When I had the story in mind and let myself pour it out, it comes out somewhat different in English. Like almost a different thing totally, I can’t rightly translate the Finnish though-sphere into English.. I mean you say for example “she is even more pretty”, in Finnish it incorporates into the main word “hän on nätimpi”. ‘Hän’ is ‘She/He,’ ‘on’ means is and ‘nätimpi’ ‘even more pretty’. So the structure of the language changes the structure of thought. Like in Orwell’s 1984.
But also the mood and style change. I wonder if someone would chat with me in English in one profile, and in Finnish on other, would he have or get the idea that this is the same person? If I just wrote like I always do.
I also thought of a math based language and how would one perceive all if thinking in those terms. How would that society be like? And with music you can express all kinds of emotion, and that’s math. Wish I knew math more, or like at all…
Umm.. Lots’a after thought….You didn’t have to read all this way, sry if I made you. Here’s a treat reward of a kind!