Net Poem by Mischa Andriessen

Net



The father says, Jump.
Will you catch me? asks the son.
Trust me.
Up on the sideboard the son hesitates
jumps, is caught
climbs back on the sideboard.
Again?
Again
says the father. The son jumps
hits the ground hard.
You didn't catch me, the son screams.
Why not? Yes, says the father, Why not?

Translation: 2017, David Colmer

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