Park in Winter

Park in winter

Park in Winter is a poem written by the Dutch poet Bertus Aafjes. He describes the season like no other can.


Bertus Aafjes (full: Lambertus Jacobus Johannes Aafjes, 1914-1993) was a Dutch poet. He was inspired by his faith: catholicism.

Aafjes started a seminary and studied archeology at the University of Leuven. During the Second World War he published his first poem, The fight with the muse. After the war, he became a journalist and critic. But he is always remembered for the poetry he wrote.

Park in Winter

Park in Winter

By Bertus Aafjes

The park lies widely under snow
and round the black pit of branches
floats like a lasso the flight of the gull.
The small pond is black and siltent,
when it keeps a jewel, the mire.
The Summer boat, like a death ark
lies beside the garden house, just as black and silent.

The Dutch version of this poem:

Park in de Winter

Door Bertus Aafjes

Het park ligt wijd en zijd onder de sneeuw
en rond de zwarte groeve van de takken
zweeft als een lassoworp de vlucht der meeuw.
De kleine vijver is inktzwart en stil,
als hoedde hij een kleinodie, het slijk.
De zomerboot, een dodenbark gelijk,
ligt bij het tuinhuis, even zwart en stil


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