Niels Henrik Hooge- Denmark

Niels Henrik Hooge- Denmark

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Niels Henrik Hooge. Master of Laws and Master of Arts in Philosophy. His great interest in environmental and sustainability issues dates back a long time and has manifested itself in activism, cooperation with green NGOs in Denmark and abroad, as well as in many types of writing. In addition to editorial staff work in Danish environmental magazines, he has published several books, including most recently the novel “Kosova” (2016) and the poetry collections “Grøn nation” (Green Nation, 2015), “Miljødigte” (Environmental Poems, 2018) and “Miljødigte 2” (Environmental Poems 2, 2019).

Økologisk kortdigt 
Blindt at vække naturens kræfter til live

Er at lege med ilden

Uden at vide om den kan slukkes igen

Eller breder sig til alle 
Og forvandler verden til aske




 Short ecological poem

 Blindly to awaken the forces of nature                                Is to play with fire

Without knowing if it can be put out 

Or spreads to all continents

                              Turning the world into ashes



Økodigterens refleksioner 

                                      Jeg er en vinder, fordi
                                      jeg ønsker at tabe.

                                      Hvis jeg kommer sidst,
                                      er det med vilje.

                                      Hvis jeg er til grin, er det
                                      fordi, jeg selv griner først.

                                      Før jeg blev noget, var
                                      jeg intet.

                                      Min identitet hviler på
                                      det, jeg ikke er.

                                      Jeg udvikler mig ved at
                                      definere mig som det, der
                                      ikke er det, det ikke er.

                                      Først og fremmest tænker
                                      jeg før jeg taler.

                                      Hvert ord repræsenterer
                                      toppen af et isbjerg.

                                      Og ikke en kulisse, der
                                      hele tiden flytter sig.

                                      Det, der definerer mig, er
                                      min tid.

                                      Jeg er villig til at påtage mig
                                      alle verdens byrder.



Reflections of the eco-poet

                                      I am a winner, because
                                      I want to lose.

                                      If I come in last, it’s on
                                      purpose.

                                      If I am a laughingstock,
                                      It’s because I have the
                                      first laugh myself.

                                      Before I became some-
                                      thing, I was nothing.

                                      My identity is based on
                                      something that I am not.

                                      I develop by defining
                                      myself as something
                                      that is not what it isn’t.

                                      First and foremost, I
                                      think before I speak.

                                      Every word represents
                                      the tip of an iceberg.

                                      Not a piece of scenery,
                                      moving incessantly.     

                                      What defines me, is my
                                      concept of time.   

                                      I am willing to carry all 
                                      the burdens of the world
                                      on my shoulders.                                 
             

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