Geert Zomer was born on November 30, 1963 in the city of Gorinchem. Now he lives in Harderwijk. In 2011 and 2012 he was the city poet of this old town. He has released five collections of poems: ‘Waakvlam’ and ‘Zomernacht’ (own management, 2010), ‘Bloedmaan’ (Demer Press, 2015), ‘Binnenman’ (Liverse, 2015) and ‘Weerbericht’ (Liverse, 2017).
Once a month he and a colleague poet organize an open stage for poets and musicians in the ‘Poetry Centre the Netherlands’ in the city of Nijmegen. Apart from being a poet he is a visual artist and an analytical drawing therapist. He gives workshops in poetry and analytical drawing therapy. His two target groups are people with psychosis sensitivity and people who are hearing ‘voices’. The three poems from his hand come from his new, yet to be published collection ‘Wolfjelief en de windsoldaten’.
I walked down the street and pretended to be love.
I walked down the street and I wondered if I was love.
I walked down the street and knew that I was love.
I walked down the street and I was the love that walked down the street.
I walked down the street and I was love and entire streets flew through me.
I was love, and whole streets flew through love.
I was love and I walked down the street and the street was love.
I walked down the street and the street flew into me and love.
And I walked down the street and whole streets walked along and we were all love; the city, the country, the see and the sun as well.
Even the planets were love, and the man on the bike, the man in the street, the street in the man. The entire street plan was love.
And then I came home into the house of love. And I was the love, the house, the street and the city. I was also the planets, the man on the bike, in the street, in the house of love.
Translated by Alfred Vorsselman