Uitgeverij De Geus
ISBN 9789044542837
4e druk
Met illustrator Benjamin Leroy

Shortlisted for the Golden Owl Children’s Literature Prize 2009

Let’s start a Forest

A poetic adventure for children from 8 years on 

Adventure, the discovery of one’s own world and the world outside, are central to LET’S START A FOREST. Minor observations, grand ideas, unusual brain waves and curious associations combine to make the poems a stimulating read. Poems from this collection were published in NRC Handelsblad and the children’s art/poetry magazine Boekie Boekie and Kwam dat zien! Kwam dat zien! (compilation by Ted van Lieshout). Benjamin Leroy’s comical illustrations add an extra layer of commentary to the poetry.

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Optreden tijdens Nacht van de poëzie in Vredenburg Utrecht

Shall we start a forest?

Dig a hole
and plant your tree
next to mine.
They can shelter each other
from wind
when it storms
or can sit silently together
in Sunday’s sun.
And in the evenings
when they look at each other
through the eyelashes
of their branches
they already seem
to look like a forest.

Zullen we een bos beginnen? (De Geus, 2008) Translation by Brian Doyle

Our Car

Only this summer
our little car winked
cheerily at street corners.
Kissed poles and posts in parking places
and waved his windscreen wipers
at things he could barely see through the rain.
But ever since our camping gear
has been safely stowed away again
our little car stands lonesome in his garage.

He no longer wants to start
and he coughs when somebody turns his key.
Oily tears trickle and drip
to the floor among the tools,
the jerrycan and the paddling pool.
Without us noticing a thing,
after a summer spent hand in hand
driving through France and Switzerland,
he had fallen roof over wheels in love
with our pretty little caravan.
Onze auto uit Zullen we een bos beginnen? (De Geus, 2008) Translation by Brian Doyle

Has all our water once been tears?

Are my tears to be found
in the blue of the sea?
Do they mingle again
in the steam of my tea?
Or in the icy autumn rain
that drums against my window pane?
Maybe the one will meet the other
in an icicle, dangling from a tree,
or maybe they’ll only meet again
when they trickle down the cheek
of you or me.
Is al het water ooit verdriet geweest? uit Zullen we een bos beginnen? (De Geus, 2008)
Translation by Brian Doyle



Zvite Nogavice

Neumno, da ljudje
spravljajo nogavice v zapor
v temo svojih omar.

Jih zvijajo tako,
da jih strašno tiščijo,
v povratni salto,
flik-flak dvojno zavito
in skrito.

Kot da se ljudje bojijo
da se ob priliki ne izgubijo

Ampak nogavic ni treba z zvijanjem moriti
saj brez naših nog sploh ne morejo hoditi
Iz zbirke: A narediva gozd?, De Geus, Breda, 2008
Knolletjes sokken uit Zullen we een bos beginnen? (De Geus, Breda 2008) – Translation
by Draga Rinkema

Не основать ли нам лес

Вырой яму
и бережно
посади свое дерево
рядом с моим.
Чтобы они в непогоду
друг друга от ветра.
Или молчали вместе
на воскресном солнышке..
А вечером, глядя
друг на друга
сквозь ресницы
уже становились
похожими на лес.
Zullen we een bos beginnen? – Zullen we een bos beginnen? (De Geus, 2008) Translation by Nina
Targan Mouravi

Две слезы

Маме случается всплакнуть,
две слезы, откуда ни возьмись,
а я сижу на лестнице,
жду, пока она меня заметит.
Тогда мама целует меня
и шепчет:
Слезы понимать не обязательно,
они приходят, и все тут.
И эти две – тебе.
Twee tranen – Zullen we een bos beginnen? (De Geus, 2008) Translation by Nina Targan Mouravi

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