Dichter fan Fryslân

Poet of Fryslân

Eeltsje Hettinga

MORTLAKE (1)

*

A bottle of water. A chunk of bread. Enough
for a trip that only lasts a day shift
over the ocean. Obeying the dream
of making England unseen, hidden
in the wheel well of a Boeing. Ascension.

A jolt and judder, engines
start, a roar as fierce as every
urge, beyond starvation,
the terror, everything you thought
out in those blue hours.

*

Above your head, a level higher, people
listen to music, watch movies,
app with the folks at home the way
you pictured them, Sunday strolling
over London Bridge, saying, Almost there.

The shudders. The fear. The bone-breaking
turbulence. Blows. Your body
gasping for breath, cold clasping
your heart the higher you go into
the heavens, the frozen words.

*

Out of the sky over Mortlake a life
came plunging down, smashing into
an English garden to a scream
from a sunbathing girl. The pigeons
fluttered up. How of a dream

in summer’s summit nothing might be left
but a hole in the gravel. You, Icarus’s brother,
a man without a name, without a country,
but in all your anonymity, world famous
still for just a second. God’s cruel scam.

 

 

Translation: David Colmer
 
(1 ) ‘Mortlake’, written in response to an article in the NRC about a stowaway falling from the wheel well of a passenger jet flying from Kenya to London.
https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2019/07/01/lichaam-verstekeling-vliegtuig-eindigt-in-londense-tuin-a3965762

 

Poet of Fryslân

The Poet of Fryslân writes six to ten poems a year, and knows how to reach and tie to an audience with his poetry. The poems are highly preferred in the Frisian language or in a Frisian regional language.

The Poet of Fryslân acts as a poetic ambassador and takes care of Fryslân’s poetic representation in a modern and inviting manner. Inside and outside the province. Preferably inspired by actual events or special moments that occur in our province. The Poet of Fryslân knows, in a contemporary and accessible way, how to present current and social themes in poetry.

The Poet of Fryslân is expected to perform a number of times a year on yet to be determined occasions.

Eeltsje Hettinga

Eeltsje Hettinga has been elected the first ever Poet of Fryslân. The appointment is for two years. Deputy Sietske Poepjes will appoint the Poet of Fryslân on November 24, 2017 in the Herman Gorterkerk in Balk.

As the Poet of Fryslân, Hettinga acts as a poetic ambassador over the next two years. He writes six to ten poems a year, most inspired by striking and current events in the province. The Poet of Fryslân receives a fixed fee of € 2,500, – per year and € 250, – for each poem.