manneke pis (227)

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als zesjarige heb ik stiekem
in de mand pistol├ęs gepist
omdat ik niet bij het feest mocht zijn.

Het is een goed bewaard geheim gebleven
maar nu alle ooms en tantes
DOOD zijn
(allemaal jong gestorven!)
durf ik het toegeven.


 


iedereen van ons heeft een naam (226)

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EACH OF US HAS A NAME

Each of us has a name
given by God
and given by our parents

Each of us has a name
given by our stature and our smile
and given by what we wear

Each of us has a name
given by the mountains
and given by our walls

Each of us has a name
given by the stars
and given by our neighbors

Each of us has a name
given by our sins
and given by our longing

Each of us has a name
given by our enemies
and given by our love

Each of us has a name
given by our celebrations
and given by our work

Each of us has a name
given by the seasons
and given by our blindness

Each of us has a name
given by the sea
and given by
our death.

ZELDA
(Israel)