Monday, 6 February 2017

bring ek my lyf aarde toe

photo: Keran Ducasse

mmm, soos appels en koringkorrels voed
die klei-grond my bloed
bring ek my lyf aarde toe elke dag
ruik ek die stof
ruik ek die diep nat fertiliteit van modder en grond
wat by die ryk slik en slym poele van die aarde uitmond
wees versigtig waar jy trap
want elke dag gee grond geboorte aan menigte wesens
waardeur die lewensbloed tap
wees versigtig want jy trap dalk op iets nuut en kaal
iets wat nou net begin asem haal

mmm, like apples and wheat
this clay-earth feeds my blood
everyday i bring my body to the earth
i smell the dust
i smell the deep wet fertility of mud and soil
that pushes up from the earth's rich pools of mire and slime
be careful where you tread
for everyday soil gives birth to a myriad of beings
through which flows the lifeblood
be careful, for you may step on something new and naked
something that has just begun to breathe

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