Lenze L. Bouwers (1940-)

you are my bridegroom and I am your bride,
your man’s arm stronger than my meek esteem,
your right hand touches words of heart and dream,
my left the answer that on your skin abides,
you are my bridegroom and I am your bride;
like a golden sparkle quiet along seam
and neck, richer than any merchant’s minted pride;
you are my bridegroom and I am your bride

From The Route of the Sightseeing-Boat (De route van de rondvaartboot, 1987)
Translated by Andre Lefevere

First published in The Low Countries, 1994