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That sense of yellowing and falling
to an adornment around my feet
the richness of what was, what wasn't

missing, I know that well
but I'm not looking at it
the way my friends do

Only for a while do they go down
with me in beauty and gratitude
and then they quickly stand back

aside again
looking at the pit
in which I am budding

That sense of hard work
on the balance beam and whoopee
I live, io vivo, I know that well

I do not fall, I plus up
and subtract, step by step
I go further than they do
Amsterdam, February 23rd, 2017
Poem 1066

Translation of poem 1065. !! (February 22nd, 2017)

The abbrevation of io (hi, hurray) was i, but for clarity it was turned upside down to !

The international student song "Io vivat" originated in Leiden during the Batavian Republic (1795-1801)

For Maria Godschalk
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