White innocence (2002) Back White Marble, 26 cm our colonial ancestors
who built a prison camp
in the jungle of New Guinea,
malaria mosquitoes everywhere

who locked up Indonesians there
because of their writings
pleas for independence,
that is all

their imprisonment
had no end date,
those in charge didn’t find that necessary

I wasn’t there of course
I’m not liable
I understand what is meant
by white innocence,
yes, indeed

Amsterdam, 2019
Anne-Ruth Wertheim