“Le Tchoc Chante” (The Blackbird Sings)

December 17, 2008
By Nicholas Hébert DIAMOND, Austin, Texas
Nicholas Hébert DIAMOND, Austin, Texas
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Le Tchoc sings
Of Many Things
The Blackbird Tawks1
Over Hovering Hawks

The Blackbird Chants
Of Endless Rants
Of a Bitter Breeze that Blows
In Shady-Natured Crows
Who Bestows
On us The Shows
Of the Loathes
Of their Lows
Of their existence

The Blackbird hums hyms
Perched on the Cypress Limbs

Le Tchoc2
Sits upon a rock
And Tawks
Over Everything

The author's comments:
The poem seemingly personifies “Le Tchoc” and also silimlarly describes it to a Raven or parrot.
Derivative of English ‘talk’ borrowed by Creole as ‘tawk’
Le Tchoc is Cajun French (Only) borrowed from an American Indian Language (presumably Choctaw)

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