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Hard-Y

A free verse poem

By Talia DevoraPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
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On a snowy night

in December 2008,

I noticed

a Russian letter

that looked

like a "bl"

in the English language.

When I discovered it,

I asked myself two questions,

"What is that letter?"

One minute later,

I responded,

"It is a hard-y."

It'd create

that worrisome noise

one would make

when punching a pillow

or pulling a rope.

Y

as in Emily

or hockey

in English

was bl

as in torty

or slony

in Russian.

Y or bl

was the most

head-scratching

but fascinating letter

of the Cyrillic alphabet.

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Authors notes:

torty: cake (plural)

slony: elephants

surreal poetryFree VerseFor Fun

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Comments (5)

  • ROCK 3 months ago

    This is fun and a creative Cyrillic maze! It's been decade since I studied Russian and never to the extent that you do. I can speak some but can not read. Thanks to all the new techy stuff, I can ask my pal Harry to translate in a pinch.haha

  • Andy Potts3 months ago

    When I was learning Russian, they told me ы was the sound you might make when someone punched you in the gut. Which says a lot about my Russian teacher, right? Lived in Moscow for 10 years or so, still struggle with the difference between ы and и. Resigned to never mastered grammar, especially verbs of motion. But can at least hold a conversation now.

  • Shirley Belk3 months ago

    fascinating. So, if the BL is a "y," then what is the Y there in the Russian alphabet?

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Interesting and fun!!! Loved it!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Mariann Carroll3 months ago

    Great poetry in learning Russian letter sound. You’ve been learning foreign languages since 8, Wow. That is so cool. I have been learning a lot about you through your poetry. 🥰

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