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I WISH I always had an alibi.
              If they arrested me, I’d smile and say,
              ‘I am sorry to disappoint you,
              but it couldn’t possibly have been me.
              This is my alibi.’
              I’d pull it out and smack it down
              on the table in front of them.
              If they thought it wasn’t enough, I’d have another. 
              I’d be the boy with a thousand alibis.
              They’d sigh and open the door of the station
              and let me go again.
              Completely exonerated, and over
              and over again!

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Toon Tellegen
David Colmer
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2015 Number 2 - I WISH...

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Toon Tellegen

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Toon Tellegen

Toon Tellegen was born in 1941 on one of the islands in the south-west of the Netherlands. He is one of the best-known Dutch w...

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David Colmer

David Colmer translates Dutch literature. He has won a number of translation prizes, including the PEN Translation Prize for h...

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