Professor Beam's Dutch Column

 

Es Miehlraad

Russell W. Gilbert

Wasserraad

An der Miehl -

Schlipp schlapp,

Schlipp schlapp.

Wasser geht

Iwwer’s Raad,

Rum es dreht,

gaar net schteht.

Schlipp schlapp,

Schlipp schlapp.

Wasser kummt,

Wasser geht -

Schlipp schlapp,

Schlipp schlapp.

Dreht un dreht.

Driwwer schteht

Miehl un Schtee.

Wie es fliesst!

Schlipp schlapp,

Schlipp schlapp.

Wasser, giess!

Wasser, schiess!

Schlipp schlapp,

Schlipp schlapp.

Iwwer’s Raad

Immer noch!

Maahl, o maahl,

Miehl, o Miehl!

Mehl, meh Mehl!

Schlipp schlapp…

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This poem “Es Miehlraad” by Russell W. Gilbert is one of Bischli’s all-time favorite. Indeed, when we study the Dutch landscape anywhere, we cannot escape the Miehlraad. In years past, you heard it singing to you “schlipp schlapp, schlipp schlapp.” The water over the wheel turns it, whispering “schlipp schlapp, schlipp schlapp.” The wheel turns continuously. The wheel turns the stones. Water pour, water shoot, schlipp schlapp, schlipp schlapp, eternally over the wheel. Grind, oh grind, mill, oh, mill, flour and more flour, into eternity, schlipp schlapp.

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July 27, 2016                                                   Yuscht en Bischli-Gnippli,
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