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View from my Roof

it looks insignificant, this threatened lake
lined with so many wooden houses
topped with corrugated sheets
overheated and decaying
unsteady on their stilts
in mosquito clouds

they look pretty shiny green
the floating fields of watercress
that almost closes the stretch of water

a little further into the horizon,
where dirty money reigns and rules
behind heavily guarded gates
daylight is banned vigorously
and greed beats the mind,
against wonderful plans,
they decided to fill it up

displaced lives soon will color
the assigned encampments red
where nothing was settled

power determines their death
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Submitted by ludy_b on April 29, 2021

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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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  • ludy_b
    The original Dutch version: Dakzicht onbeduidend lijkt het bedreigde meer waarlangs zovele houten krotten met golfplaat afgedekt oververhit en rottend wankel op hun palen staan in muskietenwolken mooi oogt het glanzende groen van drijvende velden waterkers die welhaast de watervlakte dichten wat verder naar de horizon waar duister geld verdeelt en heerst achter zwaar bewaakte hekken elk daglicht krachtig wordt geweerd en hebzucht het verstand verslaat is tegen fraaie plannen in tot dempen van het meer besloten verdreven levens kleuren straks toegewezen kampementen rood waar niets geregeld was macht beschikt en doodt 
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