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Mother – A Poem

Moeder – een gedicht

January 23, 2011

By Arnold Jansen op de Haar

To mark Gedichtendag we make Arnold Jansen op de Haar’s poem Mother available on our website, in Dutch, as well as in a brand new English Translation.

It is a loving tribute to a mother and it is published in the last chapter of Arnold’s most recent novel Engel which will be published in English under the title Angel later this year [ed note: you can buy Angel now].
Mother
 
eternal unkilling
of dying fathers
 
babbling aunties
wasting precious time
 
who now snaps his laces
their hibernation dissolving
 
sunday is out
she happily puts on her lipstick
 
thinking back when she was but young
being young   when all still belonged
 
standing there forever frozen
phoning her child
 
© Arnold Jansen op de Haar
© Translation Holland Park Press

Moeder

het eeuwig ontdoden
van stervende vaders

praatzieke tantes
verspillen kostbare tijd

wie breekt nog zijn veters
hun winterslaap dooiend

de zondag is buiten
ze lippenstift vrolijk

denkend aan toen ze nog jong was
jong waren   toen alles nog was

staat daar voorgoed roerloos
te bellen met kind

© Arnold Jansen op de Haar