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One heaven

Like everyone else, I have ancestors
who migrated until they stayed

to live where they were uninvited guests
but their children found a loved one there

and became fellow inhabitants, sheep people
born of wolf people, lion people

grazing next to cow people: the land
belongs to them, to you and to me

from the sea to the mountains
from the ice to the fields

this land is for you, and for me as well
under one heaven without borders or toll

this land is for you, and for me as well
if we choose to be family
Amsterdam, February 15th, 2019
Poem 2092
Translation of poem 0382. Eén hemel (March 19th, 2015)

“This land is your land” (1940, Woody Guthrie)
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