Poetry International Poetry International
Poem

Remco Campert

POETRY

I never cared much for beautiful poetry
unless you didn’t notice it was beautiful
quick as the light
skimming along a rail track
or snow flake melting on a paving stone
apart from that I’ve never cared much for beautiful poetry
unless it was very beautiful
like the time you stood at the tram stop
and I glimpsed you in passing

POËZIE

POËZIE

Van mooie poëzie heb ik nooit zo erg gehouden
tenzij je niet merkte dat ze mooi was
zoals snel het licht
dat schampt langs een spoorrail
of de sneeuwvlok die smelt op de straatsteen
maar verder
heb ik van mooie poëzie nooit zo erg gehouden
tenzij ze heel mooi was
zoals toen je op de tramhalte stond
en ik je zag in het voorbijgaan
Close

POETRY

I never cared much for beautiful poetry
unless you didn’t notice it was beautiful
quick as the light
skimming along a rail track
or snow flake melting on a paving stone
apart from that I’ve never cared much for beautiful poetry
unless it was very beautiful
like the time you stood at the tram stop
and I glimpsed you in passing

POETRY

I never cared much for beautiful poetry
unless you didn’t notice it was beautiful
quick as the light
skimming along a rail track
or snow flake melting on a paving stone
apart from that I’ve never cared much for beautiful poetry
unless it was very beautiful
like the time you stood at the tram stop
and I glimpsed you in passing
Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Literature Translation Institute of Korea
Partners
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère