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Poem

K. Schippers

HALF GAZE

My mother dawdles
on leaving
hoping
 
that something
might make
her look even
 
better dozens
of years later
someone else
 
touches me
kisses me
how long
 
has it been
since
someone stroked
 
my mother’s back
I look with her
half gaze
 
she is partly
loved
in me

HALVE BLIK

HALVE BLIK

M’n moeder talmt
bij ’t weggaan
in de hoop

dat iets haar
zomaar
nog mooier

maakt tientallen
jaren later
raakt een

ander me aan
kust me
wanneer is de

rug van
m’n moeder
voor het laatst

gestreeld kijk
ik met haar
halve blik

wordt zij
deels in
mij bemind
Close

HALF GAZE

My mother dawdles
on leaving
hoping
 
that something
might make
her look even
 
better dozens
of years later
someone else
 
touches me
kisses me
how long
 
has it been
since
someone stroked
 
my mother’s back
I look with her
half gaze
 
she is partly
loved
in me

HALF GAZE

My mother dawdles
on leaving
hoping
 
that something
might make
her look even
 
better dozens
of years later
someone else
 
touches me
kisses me
how long
 
has it been
since
someone stroked
 
my mother’s back
I look with her
half gaze
 
she is partly
loved
in me
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