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Digging to the Limit

Today’s dubitable Easter light
had me going outside, to see
if some gardening would help
to make the day a little brighter.
From the high grown pile,
where I had been massing cuts
and plant waste, broken branches
of the pruned butterfly-bush
had slipped off onto the pavement.

So I took a shovel to rearrange it
in a corner, for more support.
But when digging in the bottom part,
where things had nearly composted,
a small settlers’ panic broke loose
in the form of running centipedes
and a loud and anxious buzzing,
of what I guess were bumblebees,
rudely disturbed in their sleep.

The only thing that seemed
appropriate to me, was to apologize
and put their roof back in place,
so the damage could be mended.
After all, I had been inviting them
to make this waste-hill their home
by leaving it unattended. The sun
then smiled from behind the clouds,
while the buzzing stopped, and
my intrusion ended.
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Ludy Bührs

The topics she writes about are very diverse, so are the poetry styles she applies. As a Dutch translator and poet, having lived in Cambodia's capital city Phnom Penh for 2.5 years, in 2008 she published "Op de ruïnes van een rijk" (On the Ruins of an Empire) ISBN 978-90-8834-483-1 with 60 poems based on her experiences there. In 2007 she received a Certificate of Accomplishment as one of The Best Poems and Poets of 2007 issued by poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry for her poem Choked Truth, her own translation of "Verstikte waarheid", one of the poems in the book. Born in 1956, she still works as an independent translator, translating from English into Dutch. more…

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