Bitter-Berry Daybreak

p
o
e
m
s

Bitter-berry daybreak

bitter-berry sun

a mirror has broken

between me and him

 

I try to find the highway

perhaps to run away

but everywhere the footpaths

of his words lead me astray

 

Pinewood remember

pinewood forget

however much I lose my way

I step on my regret

 

Parrot-colored echo

tricks me tricks me on

until I turn beguiled

to retrieve the mocking song

 

Echo gives no answer

he answers everyone

bitter-berry daybreak

bitter-berry sun

 

Translated from the Afrikaans by André Brink and Antjie Krog.

Ingrid Jonker (1933-1965) was a South African poet.

You Might Also Enjoy

Go-go Ode

Taylor Johnson

O capacious room,
give me your tongues. I’m done with being self-
possessed. Take hold, turn the river in me.

poems

Against Poetry

Kaveh Akbar

  There is no word in English for the circle left on a table from a cold glass, or for the difference in flavor between fresh. . .

poems

Baffler Newsletter

New email subscribers receive a free copy of our current issue.

Further Reading

 March 18

Christopher Langan has been called the "smartest man in America." Really, he's Alex Jones with a thesaurus.

Heads Up: We recently updated our privacy policy to clarify how and why we collect personal data. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand this policy.