Maud Vanhauwert - GIVE ME A MAN

give me a man
whose feet I can stand on in a dance

a man bending forward
providing shelter

with big lungs for the children in my tomorrow
the ones on the beach, no back-seat pukers now
keen to blow up crocodiles

a well-ironed man riding shotgun
at family get-togethers

and in case she asks if she brought me up all wrong
give me a man
for my mother

Translated by David Colmer