MIN FARFARS HUSMY GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE
Henrik Nordbrandttrans. Robin Fulton (from Danish)
Stormen får huset til at ryste
men min Farfars gamle numre
af "Populær Mekanik"
ligger stadig på deres plads
støvede, mørnede og gule
og fulde af billeder
af sensationelle, mekaniske ting
der har været forældede i 20 år.
- Hvis jeg åbnede husets døre
ville de flyve bort i alle retninger.

I stedet lægger jeg øret til væggen
hvor min Farfars rustne søm hviler
i træ, som allerede var gammelt
den gang han købte det.
Og gennem pauserne i stormen
hører jeg ham køre rundt på vejene
i en stor, amerikansk bil
hvis motor lyder bedre og bedre
for hver gang han standser op
reparerer den og sætter den i gang igen.
The storm makes the house tremble
but grandfather's old numbers
of "Popular Mechanics"
lie firmly in their place
dusty, faded and yellow
and full of pictures
of sensational mechanical things
out-of-date now for twenty years.
- If I opened the house doors
they'd fly off in every direction.

Instead I put my ear to the wall
where grandfather's rusty nails are resting
in timber that was already old
when he bought it.
And through the pauses in the storm
I hear him driving round the roads
in a big American car
whose engine sounds better and better
each time he stops
repairs it and starts it up again.

Copyright © Henrik Nordbrandt; trans. copyright © Robin Fulton 2001 - publ. Modern Poetry in Translation 18 & Dedalus Press


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