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A reading of the Frisian poem 'Sy wennet yn in baarnend hûs'

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Published on Apr 8, 2007

This was filmed for Omrop Fryslân on the 5th of december in Leeuwarden during a Poetry evening. Below you can read the English translation of the poem by David Colmer:

she lives in a burning house
every storm takes a tile from the roof
it's cold her teeth chatter
someone outside thinks up new rules for traffic
an old man cycles on
newspapers stuffed under his clothes
she walks out with a basket full of washing
black sheets black blankets black
pillowcase she sees the fields are burning too
no point in going out
it's better back inside the walls
flames dancing on his portrait
letters fall unasked through the door
rustling down not reaching the mat her cat
jumps onto her lap with a vegetable desire
to be stroked she pours more meths
over the photo albums wipes
the ash from her glasses and reads
and reads and reads

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