You are no sonnet

Some hide their sorrow cutting stripes in sour shoulders
Some store problems in drawers pushing all what hurts
with trash in cans while others avoid looking at anything
reminding them of stinging smart

 

Several drink their dark past away in huge high glasses
on the rocks to be knocked asleep whining. There are the
ones chatting, chuckling and we’ll never catch the
darkness behind their shiny teeth

 

Though they’ve got wounds and blisters, not yet healed
covered by filthy bandages, layers of leaking patches
broken plaster

 

When I stand still in stormy presence to think what word
or thought would fit with you, the one dancing around
on grass, in sand

 

and often barefoot on thin ice as if your fragile heart has
not been damaged by the so often cruel earth, I have no
answer, only hope that time will comfort you

 

Marion Bloem, jan 2012

About the author: Marion Bloem Marion Bloem, born in 1952 in the Netherlands, studied clinical psychology, and is a writer, filmmaker and visual artist. She published 12 novels, 8 children novels, several anthologies, a few poetry books, and a few non-fiction books. Her debut was on the bestseller list for more than a year. Some of her work is translated into German, English and Japanese. She wrote the poem Freedom which is translated into more than 130 languages and dialects. She made short films, documentaries and a long feature film, and her art work has been frequently exhibited all over the world. She is the child of parents who were born and raised in Indonesia during the colonial times. They were of mixed blood and Bloems’ work often refers to her roots. Recently a book about Bali with photographs by Ivan Wolffers has been publshed (Het Bali van Bloem). Her new novel ‘Een meisje van 100’ will be presented on the 30th of August 2012.

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