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Photographer's Note

This photo is actually a photo of a photo - behind a window, which explains the reflections. The neighbourhood is "Vesterbro"; an old blue-collar district with a lot of charm. Nearby, a well known (in DK anyway) poet, Tove Ditlevsen grew up. On of her poems is called "Childhood Street" - and this photo triggered a memory of the poem.
- I take the liberty to bring you the poem in an English translation. You can always choose to ignore it. As you please :)
Perhaps you can recognize some of the feelings that Tove wrote about. I can.

Tove Ditlevsen: 14th of December 1917 – 7th of March 1976) was a Danish poet and author
She was born and grew up in the working-class district Vesterbro in Copenhagen. Her childhood became the focal point of her work. She was married (and divorced) four times.


Childhood street

I am your childhood street
I am the root of your mind.
I am the beating rhythm
in all you’re longing for.

I am your mother's gray hands
and your father's worried mind,
I am the earliest of dreams:
A light and hazy web.

I gave you my great severity
one day, when you were lost and abandoned
I sprinkled a little sadness in your soul
one soaking rainy night.

Once I struck you to the ground
to harden your heart,
but I pulled you back up on your feet
and wiped your tears away.

It is I, who taught you to hate
I taught you hardness and mock.
I gave you the strongest of weapons
you should know to use them well.

I gave you vigilant eyes,
by them you will be recognized
and when you meet one with the same glance
you’ll know, that he is your friend

Did you fly high above ground?
did you outgrow your old friends?
- I am your childhood street
I’ll always recognize you .

Photo Information
  • Copyright: frank lisborg (unclehotshot) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 557 W: 47 N: 680] (4004)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2015-07-20
  • Categories: Vie quotidienne
  • Exposition: f/4, 1/500 secondes
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  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2015-08-04 1:41
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