March 2021

Tsjisse Hettema was the RIXT poet of the  month February 2021. You can read his original Frisian poems of that month here. The translation of one of them – ‘the light and the wind’ – is published here.

Photo: Geart Tigchelaar
 the light and the wind
 around the house at the edge of the cliff
 shifts from black to grey in me
 I too would like to
 dance there to keep me
 like a tearaway maybe
 in check
 the exuberance of colour
 the space of the house
 the stairs that lead up from my head
 the cliff holds everything surprisingly tight
 it leashed me against its side
 which means
 I’m looking for the narrow path
 that slowly upwards pulls my head down

© Tsjisse Hettema
Translation: Trevor Scarse

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