Saturday 23 April 2016

The poem 'Jordaan' by Anneke Brassinga in an English version

Jordaan, Amsterdam

Palmgracht’s colonnade, a heaven-reef the cloudshore
reaching out to, distantly oncoming, an evening sea 
whose mother-of-pearl I tinged with my fiery glow now

I was welkin and revelation, radiance was I where
trembling summer verdure warped and wefted in water-
mirror-ripples, the contrailing swallows high above flitted

through warm breeze of earth’s breathing – now light
began to dwindle into gloaming and I
perceived: this waiting alone has been your presence.

 To see the poem in the original, go to here

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