Herman de Coninck

(1944 - 1997 / Mechelen, Belgium)

Herman de Coninck Poems

1. LITHE LOVE -new- 12/6/2017
2. BIRTHDAY VERSE -new- 12/6/2017
3. TAARLO -new- 12/6/2017
4. FINGERPRINTS ON THE WINDOW -new- 12/6/2017
5. HIM AND HER -new- 12/6/2017
6. SLEEP NOW -new- 12/6/2017
7. He'd hoped he might get by without an autumn -new- 12/6/2017
8. THE BALLAD OF SLOWNESS -new- 12/6/2017
9. Mother 12/17/2014

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Mother

What you do with time
is what a grandmother clock
does with it: strike twelve
and take its time doing it.
You're the clock: time passes,
you remain. And wait.

Waiting is what happens to
a snow-covered garden,
a trunk under moss,
hope for better times
in the nineteenth century,
or words in a poem.

For poetry is about letting things
grow moldy together, like grapes
turning into wine, reality into preserves,
and hoarding words
in the cellar of yourself.

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