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Poem

Martin Reints

Petrol pump

Stop the car at a petrol pump
so the petrol cap doesn’t end up too far in front or behind the dispenser
where you can see how much you’ve tanked

get out – is that called a dispenser – unscrew

the petrol cap
and place on some horizontal surface close by

get hold of the hose
tank until the pump stops
pull the hose a bit further back
keep on tanking till the pump shows a nice round figure

the wild west
the holidays of long ago
the future.

Benzinepomp

Benzinepomp

De auto stilzetten bij een benzinepomp
zo dat de tankdop niet te ver voor of voorbij het paneel komt
waarop je kunt zien hoeveel je hebt getankt

uitstappen – heet dat een paneel – de

tankdop losmaken
en op enig horizontaal vlak dichtbij leggen

de slang pakken
tanken tot de pomp stopt
de slang een stukje terugtrekken
verder tanken tot er een mooi bedrag op het paneel staat

het wilde westen
de vakanties van vroeger
de toekomst.
Close

Petrol pump

Stop the car at a petrol pump
so the petrol cap doesn’t end up too far in front or behind the dispenser
where you can see how much you’ve tanked

get out – is that called a dispenser – unscrew

the petrol cap
and place on some horizontal surface close by

get hold of the hose
tank until the pump stops
pull the hose a bit further back
keep on tanking till the pump shows a nice round figure

the wild west
the holidays of long ago
the future.

Petrol pump

Stop the car at a petrol pump
so the petrol cap doesn’t end up too far in front or behind the dispenser
where you can see how much you’ve tanked

get out – is that called a dispenser – unscrew

the petrol cap
and place on some horizontal surface close by

get hold of the hose
tank until the pump stops
pull the hose a bit further back
keep on tanking till the pump shows a nice round figure

the wild west
the holidays of long ago
the future.
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