Dichter fan Fryslân

Poet of Fryslân

Dichter van Fryslân

Sigrid Kingma 15/09/2023

Cycling in the rain

On a rainy Sunday in the summertime
Newton was racing against Einstein

Newton on his hybrid contraption
is able to ride with minimal friction
just to prove that his theory isn’t silly
but of course, when it gets hilly
he has to take a big swing
cause mass is a delicate thing

Einstein is not as creative
As the fastest time is only relative
Newton likes to take centre stage
As his umbrella grasp is highly praised
But even on his battered old cruiser
Einstein won’t end up the loser

Did he hide a motor in its frame?
No, the power of his logic puts all to shame
Even if you are the most aerodynamic fella
You just can’t cycle with an open umbrella.



Translation: Trevor Scarse

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.

Sigrid Kingma

Sigrid Kingma (Drachten, 1989) studied Dutch and Frisian at the University of Groningen. She is known as a stage poet and performs regularly within and outside of the Province of Fryslân and as a poet, reviewer and columnist, Sigrid Kingma has made contributions to several magazines.

In 2016 she made her debut with the bilingual poetry collection ‘Reade triedleas/Red wireless’. Since then she has participated in several international multilingual projects. “I don’t want to limit myself to one kind of audience, one style or even one art form; I want to keep reinventing myself.”