August 2023

Ypie Bakker was the RIXT poet of the month in August. You can read her original Frisian poems from that month here. The translation of one of them – ‘creation’ – is published here.


everything was already
encapsulated within the stone

the child yet an embryo
frozen in its mother’s womb

the little girl still
fossil from a lost age

the fragile woman a lady
delicate yet forceful

they were waiting

you saw and perceived
felt and formed

hewed away hardness
smoothed out rough edges

weight became lighter
ballast became dust

you blew it away
a load fell from your shoulders
it was done

lady, girl
germ of a child
sparkle in the light

© Ypie Bakker
translation: Trevor Scarse

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