Ljouwert Cultural Capital 2018
beyond thousands and thousands
a blink of an eye a split second
a shaky hold in the retreat
and along the alleys and the streets
from house to house facades that suppress
who found fortune and who distress
but, Ljouwert, capital of culture,
where one can hear many a foreign speech,
where can a stranger truly find your stature
and is it really this city where one’s heart beats?
that is where from an ancient and deep thirst
of what is valuable and frailty doesn’t burst,
in their mother tongue one can find community
that unifies city and village in their diversity.
© Willem Abma Translation: Trevor Scarse