Joris Iven

The House on the Lake

 

 

 

Of the many houses I live in

Not one is mine.

My house is the house on the lake.

Next to my house a lake,

Next to my lake another lake.

My house stands in a wood.

Next to my house no other house.

My house stands in the wood alone.

And of the many women I possess

Not one is mine.

My woman lives in the house

On the lake.

My woman lives in the house

In the wood.

In my house in the wood

On the lake

I live alone.

Of all the houses I live in

Not one is mine

And of all the lakes near my house

Not one is mine.

In the whole wood

Not one tree is mine.

And of all the women not one is mine.

I own nothing

And my woman,

My woman sleeps her sleep

In the house I live in.

 

 

Translated by Pearse Hutchinson

 

 

 

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