That which Is Irrefutable

To get a following
you must have theories
and those who have them
must refute them

Theoretically I’m a bird
and in reality a man
no-one ’d refute that

You have to have a bird’s mind
to know what I know

And that’s not a whole
lot because I acquire wings by flying

And a bird does not refute itself it floats

From Last Poems (Laatste gedichten, 1994)
By René Huigen
Translated by Deborah ffoulkes

First published in The Low Countries, 1997