Eeltsje Hettinga 25/07/2018

The clatter of the dyke

She hears the clatter of the dyke,
sea-bound horse’s small blue eye,

trotting on the brick road, dream-drunk,
horseshoes striking sparks in twilight.

Giddyup, girl, giddyup, calls the wind
and give voice to the inland ocean

of your heart, become the snorting of
the waves, the current off the coast

and all the water’s stories, deep
as the sainted silence of the things.


Translation: David Colmer