Five Poems

Mirroring A pigeon-feathered sky is mirrored in the sea. Blue light steams between sky and tranquil sky-reflection On one and the other side rounds the blade of the shore Towards a faint horizon of sea, sky, land and haze. Now memory awakes of a beauty that is lost; An old feeling returns out of a…

Great Minor Poet

The Poems of J.C. Bloem The Netherlands is a country that does not cherish its literary heritage. The after-life of Dutch authors is usually of short duration. Even when they have enjoyed an impressive reputation during their life-time, they generally disappear from public view soon after their death. The collected poems of A. Roland Holst…

Insomnia

Thinking of death, I’m unable to sleep, And sleepless, I think of death and the dead, And life speeds on as it always sped, And all that lives is doomed to the Deep. How impotent the thin, weak noise The life force makes it with its ‘fight or die’, Compared with death’s shrill clarion cry…

Dapper Street

Nature is for the empty, the contented. And then, what can we boast of in this land? A hill with a few small villas set against it, A patch of wood no bigger than your hand. Give me instead the sombre city highroads, The waterfront hemmed in between the quays. Clouds that move across an…