Eddy Van Vliet

(1942-2002 / Antwerpen)

Father - Poem by Eddy Van Vliet

Father. Undress yourself. While you still may.
Show me what time has scarred
since we sat in the bath together and I proved
that waterdrops want to touch one another.

Fear not. We have similar structures.
Legs, back, nails and countless gestures.

I do not want to wait for twenty-seven more years
and see how hyperpigmentation
spreads, skin slackens and
veins burst.

Show me what is left when you make
love no more.
Recount names of women and let us
roar and resign.

Translated by John van Tiel

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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