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My Muse

My muse has moved into a nursing home
The door that leads outside is locked
There is a magic code


Four digits that my muse no longer knows
Written near the doorjamb, this:
The password is the year in which we’re living


The present will never be her later
Before she won’t recall today
Later is already her very past tense


My muse has been imprisoned
In the room of my before
Gone is what goes without saying



Marion Bloem
(translated by Marion Bloem and Wanda Boeke)
Published in Dutch, the original version in ‘Thuis’ and in “In de kamer van mijn vroeger’.
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