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Frank Koenegracht

EPIGRAM

        mama you’ve b’n on my mind
        Bob Dylan



We are going, mother
and if it snows we are still going
and if it doesn’t snow we’re going too
we are going whatever happens.
The darkness is low, the light is long
and the balconies sometimes fly off
the houses even without a war:
but we are going, that is certain,
because he is dead, as dead as an ant
on a stair-carpet and that is why
we have become slow, as slow as
ill-fed dogs.
But our snow crystal collection is extraordinary.

EPIGRAM

EPIGRAM

        mama you’ve b’n on my mind
        Bob Dylan



We gaan, moeder
en als het sneeuwt gaan we ook
en als het niet sneeuwt eveneens
we gaan in elk geval.
Het donker is laag, het licht is langwerpig
en de warandes springen ook wel
zonder oorlog van de huizen af:
maar we gaan, dat is zeker,
want hij is dood, zo dood als een mier
op een traploper en wij zijn daardoor
langzaam geworden, zo langzaam als
slechtgevoede honden.
Maar onze collectie sneeuwkristallen is buitengewoon.
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EPIGRAM

        mama you’ve b’n on my mind
        Bob Dylan



We are going, mother
and if it snows we are still going
and if it doesn’t snow we’re going too
we are going whatever happens.
The darkness is low, the light is long
and the balconies sometimes fly off
the houses even without a war:
but we are going, that is certain,
because he is dead, as dead as an ant
on a stair-carpet and that is why
we have become slow, as slow as
ill-fed dogs.
But our snow crystal collection is extraordinary.

EPIGRAM

        mama you’ve b’n on my mind
        Bob Dylan



We are going, mother
and if it snows we are still going
and if it doesn’t snow we’re going too
we are going whatever happens.
The darkness is low, the light is long
and the balconies sometimes fly off
the houses even without a war:
but we are going, that is certain,
because he is dead, as dead as an ant
on a stair-carpet and that is why
we have become slow, as slow as
ill-fed dogs.
But our snow crystal collection is extraordinary.
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Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Literature Translation Institute of Korea
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