Mischa Andriessen Poems

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1.
Net

The father says, Jump.
Will you catch me? asks the son.
Trust me.
Up on the sideboard the son hesitates
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2.
Actaeon

I

Lamb on the table.
The men in the room
laugh and betray their claim
on the stocks of wine and spirits.
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3.
Crotch

Two shadows, he opened
the door, did as he was told
by pulling on his shoes, walked
with the steaming coats, accepted
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4.
Field

She was going to be angry, definitely.
You hurried, slowed, then
ran on some more, no time
for boys, you thought.
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5.
Gate

Father was standing outside the front door.
The son sent him away, waited
long days until he came back,
chased him off again and again
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6.
The Bird King

It's usually young men, almost boys.
They leave their homes in spring
no time to waste, as if someone's calling them.
The survivors don't remember
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7.
The Overseers

Like leopards men lie
on the cold, marble floor
they are bald and naked, honest
and I am sick to death of them.
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8.
Justice

I heard we were going up.
My feet braced themselves
of their own accord.
The two men behind me grabbed
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9.
Affirmation (The Brother)

It amounts to nothing, this weight.
Inadvertently I've drifted from where
I became an unwitting witness learning
that everything that matters emerges
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