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Poem

Erik Menkveld

CURRENT

Okay we never stick our fingers in there
not even using knitting needles screwdrivers or nails
totally lethal okay but the current in those little holes
so what is that you can’t see it please explain.

And so rub amber hair on end no wait
you all know magnets when you let them turn in a coil
a coil like when you wind a shoelace round a pencil
using copper wire and without the pencil copper wire right –

anyway okay good long rows of little balls in tubes
live wires in other words you see those little balls
that transfer tension from one to the next like when
I shake your hand and you shake hers and then I squeeze

your hand and you squeeze hers then when you feel me
squeeze it’s actually the squeezing running through us
the same goes for a current but without the squeezing
tension do you see? You don’t? How does TV work?

STROOM

STROOM

Oké we gaan er nooit met onze vingers in
ook niet met breinaalden schroevendraaiers spijkers
levensgevaarlijk oké maar de stroom in die gaatjes
wat is dat dan je ziet hem niet leg eens uit.

En dus barnsteen wrijven haren overeind of nee
magneten kennen jullie als je die laat draaien in een spoel
een spoel zoals je een veter om een potlood wikkelt
maar dan koperdraad en zonder potlood koperdraad ja –

enfin oké goed lange rijen balletjes in buizen dan
stroomsnoeren zeg maar snappen jullie balletjes
die spanning overdragen aan elkaar zoals ik
jou een hand geef en jij haar dan knijp ik

in jouw hand en jij knijpt in de hare als je mij voelt
knijpen eigenlijk stroomt het knijpen door ons heen
met stroom gaat het net zo al is het daar geen knijpen
spanning snappen jullie? Nee? Hoe werkt tv?
Close

CURRENT

Okay we never stick our fingers in there
not even using knitting needles screwdrivers or nails
totally lethal okay but the current in those little holes
so what is that you can’t see it please explain.

And so rub amber hair on end no wait
you all know magnets when you let them turn in a coil
a coil like when you wind a shoelace round a pencil
using copper wire and without the pencil copper wire right –

anyway okay good long rows of little balls in tubes
live wires in other words you see those little balls
that transfer tension from one to the next like when
I shake your hand and you shake hers and then I squeeze

your hand and you squeeze hers then when you feel me
squeeze it’s actually the squeezing running through us
the same goes for a current but without the squeezing
tension do you see? You don’t? How does TV work?

CURRENT

Okay we never stick our fingers in there
not even using knitting needles screwdrivers or nails
totally lethal okay but the current in those little holes
so what is that you can’t see it please explain.

And so rub amber hair on end no wait
you all know magnets when you let them turn in a coil
a coil like when you wind a shoelace round a pencil
using copper wire and without the pencil copper wire right –

anyway okay good long rows of little balls in tubes
live wires in other words you see those little balls
that transfer tension from one to the next like when
I shake your hand and you shake hers and then I squeeze

your hand and you squeeze hers then when you feel me
squeeze it’s actually the squeezing running through us
the same goes for a current but without the squeezing
tension do you see? You don’t? How does TV work?
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