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Bernke Klein Zandvoort

BLOSSOM GUM

this is what I came across today
two fork tines, nine dog ends
in amongst the wall grass, half a bar code
how rain fell into a fountain and something
that I would later define as blossom gum
walked along a few blocks under shoes
the enchantment of a thumb and forefinger
still palpable in a pinch of tobacco
a new housing estate erupting like milk teeth 
from the sand, a deflated 8 (or the sign for infinity)
fragments of lives are gathered in my bag
on the way to the hereafter, in graves they found
tiny hoes, a comb, a blue-print
of a face, to be hammered out on arrival
in this life, I spend every day cleaning up faces into emoticons
sending my questions through the nine stomachs of Google
learning that there are buildings designed with the ruins they will become in mind
that discovering once meant removing your hat
I put things into words, bags that are too small

BLOESEMPLAK

BLOESEMPLAK

dit is wat ik vandaag tegenkwam
twee tanden van een vork, negen peuken
tussen gevelgras, een halve streepjescode
hoe er regen viel in een fontein en iets
wat ik later zou definiëren als bloesemplak
een paar straten onder schoenen meegenomen
de bezieling van een duim en wijsvinger
nog voelbaar in een plukje shag
een nieuwe woonwijk als een opkomend melkgebit
uit het zand, een leeggelopen 8 (of het teken voor oneindig)
fragmenten van levens bracht ik samen in mijn tas
op de weg naar het hiernamaals werden in graven
kleine schoffels gevonden, een kam, een bouwplaat
van een gezicht om het bij aankomst uit te deuken
in dit leven schoon ik elke dag gezichten tot emoticons
stuur mijn vragen door de negen magen van Google
leer dat er gebouwen zijn ontworpen naar de ruïne die ze zullen worden
dat ontdekken eerst je hoed afnemen was
stop ik dingen in woorden, te kleine tassen
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BLOSSOM GUM

this is what I came across today
two fork tines, nine dog ends
in amongst the wall grass, half a bar code
how rain fell into a fountain and something
that I would later define as blossom gum
walked along a few blocks under shoes
the enchantment of a thumb and forefinger
still palpable in a pinch of tobacco
a new housing estate erupting like milk teeth 
from the sand, a deflated 8 (or the sign for infinity)
fragments of lives are gathered in my bag
on the way to the hereafter, in graves they found
tiny hoes, a comb, a blue-print
of a face, to be hammered out on arrival
in this life, I spend every day cleaning up faces into emoticons
sending my questions through the nine stomachs of Google
learning that there are buildings designed with the ruins they will become in mind
that discovering once meant removing your hat
I put things into words, bags that are too small

BLOSSOM GUM

this is what I came across today
two fork tines, nine dog ends
in amongst the wall grass, half a bar code
how rain fell into a fountain and something
that I would later define as blossom gum
walked along a few blocks under shoes
the enchantment of a thumb and forefinger
still palpable in a pinch of tobacco
a new housing estate erupting like milk teeth 
from the sand, a deflated 8 (or the sign for infinity)
fragments of lives are gathered in my bag
on the way to the hereafter, in graves they found
tiny hoes, a comb, a blue-print
of a face, to be hammered out on arrival
in this life, I spend every day cleaning up faces into emoticons
sending my questions through the nine stomachs of Google
learning that there are buildings designed with the ruins they will become in mind
that discovering once meant removing your hat
I put things into words, bags that are too small
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