A Bad Translation by Hilda Friday

Talking to you, I feel like I’m speaking through Google Translate
as if I’ve taken every emotion I have
carefully conjugated, checked for time and gender
and still they spill out, wrong and awkward
mirroring what I mean to say but harsh or bored or desperate
I speak to you and it’s like looking through the fog
eyes narrowed, brows drawn, and I just can’t tell if
you’re coming closer or drawing away
and I’ll say something idiotic and backpedal immediately
or only realize weeks later like
oh god no that’s not what I thought bite translates to in French
please, I’m sorry for every time you felt like I used the wrong second person pronoun
for you
I never wanted to keep you at arm’s length
But even though we’re both speaking English and I was composed with this language
At some point I forgot the word trust.

Quand je te dis, je me sens que je parle avec Google Translate
comme toutes mes émotions doivent conjugue pour le temps et genre
et puis c’est incorrect, mal, étrange
Comme quoi j’essaye dire mais s’ennuie ou méchant ou désespères.
Je te dis comme je regarde à travers le brouillard
Mes yeux resserré, mes sourcils en bas et je ne sais pas si
tu m’approche ou quitte.
et je vais dis quelque chose stupide et répare immédiatement
ou me rendre compte de quel point seulement dans les semaines prochains comme
oh mon dieu ça n’est pas quoi je pense bite signifie en française
et je suis désolé pour toutes des fois quand j’ai utilisé le deuxième personne pronom incorrect
Avec vous
Avec tu
je n’ai eu pas l’intention de tu rejeter
mais j’ai oublié le mot pour croire

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When I say to you, I feel that I speak with Google Translate
as all my emotions must conjugate for time and kind
and then it's wrong, bad, strange
Like what I'm trying to say but bored or mean or desperate.
I tell you how I look through the fog
My eyes tightened, my eyebrows down and
I do not know if you approach me or leave.
and I will say something stupid and repair immediately
or realize just how much in the coming weeks as
oh my god that's not what i think dick means in french
and I'm sorry for all of them when I used the second person incorrect pronoun
With you
With you
I did not intend to reject you
but I forgot the word to believe