Friendship Fortnight 2020: Nieuwe Vriendje


Maitreyi Kaptijn, who recently contributed to ‘When Dawn Breaks,’ volunteered to help find poems in Dutch and English about friendship. She sent in three from her library. This is the first one.



Er kwam
een nieuwe jongen
in de klas
en jij besloot
al in de pauze
dat hij
je nieuwe vriendje was

by Arjen Bosman

From Dichter over vriendschap, Plint, 2018.

Google Translate’s effort:

There came
a new boy
in the class
and you decided
already during the break
that he
was your new friend

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