Yours Hopefully by Michael Rosen

Jan 23, 06:11 PM

YOURS HOPEFULLY by Michael Rosen

Meine Lieben

  • my dears,

from where we are now

but I can’t say how

we have hopes

we have fears

. So send us news

send us a word

Please send for our brothers

send for our mother.

Nothing more can be said

as this letter may be read by others.

Dear sisters

from your brothers

between us such a distance

meine Lieben ambestens**. 

 I close this letter 

hoping with you 

tomorrow will be better 

meine Lieben my dears. 

 *meine Lieben’ (pronounced ‘my-na lee-bn’), meaning ‘my dears’.

 **ambestens (pronounced as if in southern British English: ‘um...(rhyming with ‘hum’) bestens’ as if in English it was written ‘bestence’), meaning ‘best wishes’.