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Poem

Jan Lauwereyns

BRAIN FLOWERS

Into the shallows
releasing a horse in the field

in the hippocampus
rapeseed flowers

the missing B-52 came down
the lost parachutes opened

some got stuck in the tree
one or two had their throats
slit there and then

by sturdy peasant women

he or she might
call it good fortune

and knowledge
nine states glorious hills
the others had to wait

for something impatiently.

HERSENBLOEMEN

HERSENBLOEMEN

Naar de ondiepte
een paard vrijlaten in het veld
 
in de hippocampus
koolzaadbloesem
 
de verdwenen B-52 kwam neer
de verloren parachutes gingen open
 
sommigen bleven in de boom steken
een of twee werd of werden
door flinke boerinnen
 
terstond gekeeld
 
hij of zij mocht of mochten
van geluk spreken
 
en kennis
negen staten zalige heuvels
de anderen moesten
 
ongeduldig op iets wachten.
Close

BRAIN FLOWERS

Into the shallows
releasing a horse in the field

in the hippocampus
rapeseed flowers

the missing B-52 came down
the lost parachutes opened

some got stuck in the tree
one or two had their throats
slit there and then

by sturdy peasant women

he or she might
call it good fortune

and knowledge
nine states glorious hills
the others had to wait

for something impatiently.

BRAIN FLOWERS

Into the shallows
releasing a horse in the field

in the hippocampus
rapeseed flowers

the missing B-52 came down
the lost parachutes opened

some got stuck in the tree
one or two had their throats
slit there and then

by sturdy peasant women

he or she might
call it good fortune

and knowledge
nine states glorious hills
the others had to wait

for something impatiently.
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