Trans. from the Dutch by Judith Wilkinson
Why not. You may walk with me as far as the traffic lights,
or as far as the very next underpass.
As far as the third street on the right,
as far as the entrance to the park.
As far as the hospital, as far as beyond
the hospital, right up to my front door.
You may walk with me as far as inside my room,
as far as a glass of something or other,
as far as when I’ve brushed my teeth
or when the first morning light
falls on the chair with the clothes.
As far as when the construction workers start their day,
as far as when school opens,
the civil servants have their break,
the shops close
or as far as the departure of the last slow train.
As far as after waking up but before breakfast,
as far as after breakfast but before lunch,
as far as after lunch but before supper
you may walk with me.
Hagar Peeters was born in 1972, and is one of Holland’s
best known poets. She frequently gives readings of
her work. Her first collection, (Enough said about
love today), gained her immediate recognition
as a bold and distinctive new voice. Many of her
subsequent collections − five to date − have been