Desiderata: In Sticky Caps

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Err… I am unusually bored.

Almost every living room, office, or study table in the Philippines has a print of the “Desiderata.”  I never understood why, but prints and posters of Max Ehrmann’s famous points are almost always found along family calendars, faux-Japanese paper scrolls of “Footprints in the Sand,” and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The problem with poetry, as some critics point out, is that people cannot connect with it; that it’s solely the domain of the learned, the educated, and those who are (or consider themselves as) inclined to the literary.  To me, it’s a simple issue of language.  The meaning of a poem can be comprehended easily if it is written in a form that people can understand.

To kill off boredom, I’m going to translate/transcribe this poem in sticky caps.

Here we go, for the benefit of our children, and our children’s children, literature in a form they can understand.

DeS1D3RaTa
@}—— ~o0o~ ——{@

By K0yAh MaX_3HrMaNn

G0 pLaC1DlY aM1D d n01s3 N hAsT3,,,,,
n R3M3Mb3R wUt p3Ac3 d3r MaY b n S1L3Nc3……….
Az FaR aZ p0zZ1Bl3 w/0 sUrR3Nd3r
b 0n gUd t3rMzZz w/ oL p3rZ0nZ…………
n L1zZ3N 2 oD3RzzZ
3v3n d DuLl N d 1gN0rAnt;;;;;;;;
d3y 2 hAv d3r St0w33 (“,,)

Av0iD l0uD n A66r3zZiV p3rZoNzZ,,,,,,,,,,,
d3y r v3xAt10uZ 2 D sP1r1T….
1f U c0mPaR3 uRzElF w/ 0D3rZzZ,,,,,,,,
u MaY bCuM vA1N n B1TT3r;;;;;
4 0Lw31Z d3r WilL b gR8R n L3z3r P3Rz0nZzZ tHaN uRz3Lf…….
3nJ0Y uR aCh13V3M3nTz aZ w3lL aZ uR pLaNzzZZZzzzzz ^___^

K1P 1nT3r3zTd n Ur 0wN cAr33r, h0w3v3r HuMbL3;;;;
1t 1zZ a R3Al p0zZeZz10n 1n D cHaNg1ng 4tUnEz oF t13m……
x3rC1z3 cAuT10n 1n Ur b1zN3z aFfAirZ;;;;
4 d w0rLd 1Z fuL 0f tR1Ck3Ry…..
bT l3T d1s Nt bL1Nd U 2 wUt V1rTu3 tH3r3 iZ;;;;;
mAnY p3rZ0nZ zTr1v3 4 h1 1d3AlZ;;;;
N 3v3rYwH3r3 lYf 1Z fUlL 0f H3r0iZm…… H0llA

(Pauses for a rather long break)

B uRz3lF…….
Zp3c1aLlY, d0 n0T f316n aFFeXn…….
N31tH3r B cYn1cL aBt LuV;;;;;; <3 <3 <3
4 n D fAc3 0f aLl Ar1d1tY n D1S3nChAnTmNt
1T 1ZzZ aZ p3n3nN1Al Az D GRAZZZZ…….. \m/ \m/

TaK3 k1nDlY d C0UnZl 0f D y3aRz,,,,,
GrAc3fUlLy SuRr3nD3R1Ng D tH1N6Z 0f y0uTh……
NuRtUr3 sTr3n6tH 0F Zp1r1T 2 sH13Ld U 1N SuDd3n MiZ4TuN3…….
Bt d0 n0t d1ZtReZzZ uRz3lF w/ DaRk 1mA61n1n6zzZz…..
MaNy f3ArZ r B0rN 0f fAt1Gu3 n L0N3L1n3zZz…..
B3Y0nD a Wh0l3zUm d1zC1pL1n3,,,,
b 63nTl3 wId uRz3lf….. \o/

U r A cH1Ld 0f D uN1V3Rz3,,,,
n0 l3z tHn D tR33Zz n D zTaRzzZ;;;;
u HaV a RyT 2 B h3r3….
N wH3tH3R 0R n0t 1T iZ cl3Ar 2 U,,,,,,
n0 d0uBt d UnIv3rZ3 1Z uNf0lD1nG Az 1T sHuD….. HOllA

(Hmmm… good heavens)

DëR4 b äT p3Ac3 w1tH GöD,,,,,
wHT3V3R ü C0nC13v3 HIM 2 B,,,,,
N wHT3V3R üR LäB0rZ n äZp1r8nZzzZzzZ…..,,,,,,,,
n D n01Zy c0nFuZn 0f LyF k33p p3Ac3 w1D uR SöüL……,,.

W/ 0l 1tZ sHäM, dRüDg3rY, n BröK3N dr1mZ
1t 1z StïLl A b3AüT1füL w0rLd
b Ch33RfUlL……
sTr1v3 2 B hApP333 (“,,) ^__^ <3 v–v 1N DA H0UZ3 Y0

G0 pLaC1DlY aM1D d n01s3 N hAsT3,,,,,
n R3M3Mb3R wUt p3Ac3 d3r MaY b n S1L3Nc3……….
Az FaR aZ p0zZ1Bl3 w/0 sUrR3Nd3r
b 0n gUd t3rMzZz w/ oL p3rZ0nZ…………
n L1zZ3N 2 oD3RzzZ
3v3n d DuLl N d 1gN0rAnt;;;;;;;;
d3y 2 hAv d3r St0w33 (“,,)

Av0iD l0uD n A66r3zZiV p3rZoNzZ,,,,,,,,,,,
d3y r v3xAt10uZ 2 D sP1r1T….
1f U c0mPaR3 uRzElF w/ 0D3rZzZ,,,,,,,,
u MaY bCuM vA1N n B1TT3r;;;;;
4 0Lw31Z d3r WilL b gR8R n L3z3r P3Rz0nZzZ tHaN uRz3Lf…….
3nJ0Y uR aCh13V3M3nTz aZ w3lL aZ uR pLaNzzZZZzzzzz ^___^

K1P 1nT3r3zTd n Ur 0wN cAr33r, h0w3v3r HuMbL3;;;;
1t 1zZ a R3Al p0zZeZz10n 1n D cHaNg1ng 4tUnEz oF t13m……
x3rC1z3 cAuT10n 1n Ur b1zN3z aFfAirZ;;;;
4 d w0rLd 1Z fuL 0f tR1Ck3Ry…..
bT l3T d1s Nt bL1Nd U 2 wUt V1rTu3 tH3r3 iZ;;;;;
mAnY p3rZ0nZ zTr1v3 4 h1 1d3AlZ;;;;
N 3v3rYwH3r3 lYf 1Z fUlL 0f H3r0iZm…… H0llA

(Pauses for a rather long break)

B uRz3lF…….
Zp3c1aLlY, d0 n0T f316n aFFeXn…….
N31tH3r B cYn1cL aBt LuV;;;;;; <3 <3 <3
4 n D fAc3 0f aLl Ar1d1tY n D1S3nChAnTmNt
1T 1ZzZ aZ p3n3nN1Al Az D GRAZZZZ…….. \m/ \m/

TaK3 k1nDlY d C0UnZl 0f D y3aRz,,,,,
GrAc3fUlLy SuRr3nD3R1Ng D tH1N6Z 0f y0uTh……
NuRtUr3 sTr3n6tH 0F Zp1r1T 2 sH13Ld U 1N SuDd3n MiZ4TuN3…….
Bt d0 n0t d1ZtReZzZ uRz3lF w/ DaRk 1mA61n1n6zzZz…..
MaNy f3ArZ r B0rN 0f fAt1Gu3 n L0N3L1n3zZz…..
B3Y0nD a Wh0l3zUm d1zC1pL1n3,,,,
b 63nTl3 wId uRz3lf….. \o/

U r A cH1Ld 0f D uN1V3Rz3,,,,
n0 l3z tHn D tR33Zz n D zTaRzzZ;;;;
u HaV a RyT 2 B h3r3….
N wH3tH3R 0R n0t 1T iZ cl3Ar 2 U,,,,,,
n0 d0uBt d UnIv3rZ3 1Z uNf0lD1nG Az 1T sHuD….. HOllA

(Hmmm… good heavens)

DëR4 b äT p3Ac3 w1tH GöD,,,,,
wHT3V3R ü C0nC13v3 HIM 2 B,,,,,
N wHT3V3R üR LäB0rZ n äZp1r8nZzzZzzZ…..,,,,,,,,
n D n01Zy c0nFuZn 0f LyF k33p p3Ac3 w1D uR SöüL……,,.

W/ 0l 1tZ sHäM, dRüDg3rY, n BröK3N dr1mZ
1t 1z StïLl A b3AüT1füL w0rLd
b Ch33RfUlL……
sTr1v3 2 B hApP333 (“,,) ^____^

2 comments on “Desiderata: In Sticky Caps”

    • Helga
    • November 22, 2009
    Reply

    w3 w3r3 r3Qu!r3D 2 m3m0r!zE d!z !N h!gHsK00l

  1. Reply

    great article maro…
    bilib!

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