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Breyten Breytenbach. Vertaling in Engels

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Breyten Breytenbach: Vertaling uit Afrikaans in Engels. Vert. deur Ampie Coetzee.


when you let the mother-tongue


when you let the mother-tongue

wither in my mouth

you take away the world

darken my memory

causing me as a stranger

and without an own pair of shoes

to suffer the future

which I cannot mould anymore

but only interpret

and not penetrate


when you take the language

away from me

you rip my heart from my dreams

to replace it

with oral antics

of a tongue that can only

do the blind work of ants


when you file me as mere number of the masses

like a caged-in parrot

peck-pecking at his mirror

you make me an orphan

in the empty house of my fathers

without language to reflect my absence


(From: op weg na kû , p. 118. Human & Rousseau, 2019.)