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For my friend, Don Matthews. Thank you for the challenge of transforming "gobbledygook" into meaningful poetry. 


mai mai dah   nyuh nyah    ah eh   

gee doh   ooh ooh   noo may

dah dah   yoo may   roy danh




my little one -

still learning to speak,

articulate rhythmic poetry

from your tiny voice,

soft yet profound.


I hear you -

consonants and vowels

strung together into

incoherent gobbledygook,

not just forming babbles

but teaching me more ways

- everyday -  

to say the words:


“I love you.”

◄ Untitled (cold water)

Untitled (ghostwriter) ►


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Don Matthews

Wed 23rd Oct 2019 13:36

Seriously Emilia the way you turned your baby language (gobbledygook) into something beautiful was clever.. ...

Emilia Callahan

Wed 23rd Oct 2019 13:22

Ruth, I babbled a lot too as a baby! Funny enough, only to my parents though. Otherwise, I was quite shy.

Don, I promise I won't tell my husband you said that, hahaha. In all seriousness though, I enjoyed writing this one. It's a small piece but I especially have a difficult time writing about being a parent or writing about my daughter in general just because it's such an emotional experience. So, I enjoyed being able to create at least something inspired by her.

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Don Matthews

Tue 22nd Oct 2019 14:10

Ruth has turned her babbling
Into a career
Presenter on the radio
Oh dear oh dear oh dear

(Or, very good I hear...)


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Don Matthews

Tue 22nd Oct 2019 14:07

I applaud you Emila.(seriously) Even I, a New-Age dabbler of experience could not come up with such exquisite poetic gobbledygook as this.

If you'll allow me,with respect, to take away another interpretation of your gookspeak. After all this is what poets do is it not Emilia?

mai mai dah , ya ya ya
nyuh nyah ah eh yay
gee doh ooh ooh noo noo
Let's roll in the hay

(Behave yourself......)


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Ruth O'Reilly

Tue 22nd Oct 2019 14:06

I remember learning a lot about baby language for my English language A- Level and it really was one of my favourite parts of the course. It is fascinating learning about how babies learn to speak. My mum told me I started babbling very early on, and that's something that didn't change?

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