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Travel Light

Today settled itself on a rim, the edge
of this rusty wheel, with a look
at the wings of back then, down there
next to my feet.

They must have dried by now,
clearly are at rest, as if
mud never splashed up.

Still, in stories
they can lift
a scent, a swirl, a chill.
In a breeze old life sternly flies,
circles up above
like grey flocks of driven doves,
your head their landing
when you least expect.

But not today. In fact
all pigeons finally homed so it seems.
I'll find time,
clean up and make some plans.

At my feet I organize, push and pack
to part and travel light.
Today takes the vivid ones and leaves
a boring bunch behind.
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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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