Dolce far niente, Mary Oliver, Heinrich Heine, José Eduardo Agualusa


Dolce far niente


Vor Weihnachten door Ernst Bosch, 1868.



Making the House Ready for the Lord

Dear Lord, I have swept and I have washed but
still nothing is as shining as it should be
for you. Under the sink, for example, is an
uproar of mice –it is the season of their
many children. What shall I do? And under the eaves
and through the walls the squirrels
have gnawed their ragged entrances –but it is the season
when they need shelter, so what shall I do? And
the raccoon limps into the kitchen and opens the cupboard
while the dog snores, the cat hugs the pillow;
what shall I do? Beautiful is the new snow falling
in the yard and the fox who is staring boldly
up the path, to the door. And I still believe you will
come, Lord: you will, when I speak to the fox,
the sparrow, the lost dog, the shivering sea-goose, know
that really I am speaking to you whenever I say,
as I do all morning and afternoon: Come in, Come in.


Mary Oliver (Maple Heights, 10 september 1935)

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Dolce far niente, Georg Heym, Charlotte Mutsaers, Désanne van Brederode, E. du Perron


Bij Allerzielen


Allerseelen auf einem rheinischen Friedhof door Alfred Böhm, 1873




Wie der Wind an eurem Kleide reißt
Daß er die roten Blätter entführ.
Wie ihr frierend duldet die Ungebühr.
Kahl seid ihr bald, und bald verwaist.

Ein Lichtlein in euer Laub sich schmiegt.
Eins erst. Bald sind es ihrer viel.
Flackert hin, flackert her. Der Winde Spiel,
Wie der Sterbenden geifernder Atem fliegt.

O du Toter, nun grüßen sie dich
Zum letzten Mal. Bald hinab
Mußt du nun wieder in Winters Grab.
Warte noch, bleib, bis der Tag verwich.

Streife du noch in Novemberluft.
Wenn Schnee erst fällt, deckt er zu
Deinen Schlaf zu bitterer Winterrute.
Winters Stürme gehen dann über die Gruft.

Hinter den Bäumen steht ihr.
Ihr wärmt eure Hände.
Rot fällt der Schein auf die weiße Lende.
Bald gehn wir nun. Und einsam bleibt ihr.

Warum lächelt ihr? Euer Lächeln gleicht
Einem Rätsel voll Bosheit und Dunkelheit,
Wie wenn am Mittag in trüber Zeit
Der Wind über Teiche im Moore streicht.

Wie ein Kind an die Ohren sich schlägt,
Den Schall wiederholend, so tönt euer Laut,
Wie das Sausen, wenn dunkel der Abend graut
Und der Wind die zitternden Halme regt.

Ihr, die ihr nun aus Hierseins Schlafe erweckt,
Die ihr nun eins seid mit Busch und Gras,
Die den Tieren ihr gleicht, und dem, der genas
Vom Lebenswahn, in Irrsinns-Stuben versteckt,

Ihr, sagt mir eins, warum schleicht ihr euch her.
Ist es nicht besser, tot sein? Was steigt ihr herauf?
Drängt an die Betten der Schläfer zuhauf,
Mit Gerippen füllend der Träume Meer?

Ach, es muß einsam sein in des Todes Haus.
Wenn die Erde friert bis zum Grunde hart.
Und da kommt ihr nun, hohläugig starrt
Ihr nach uns. Ihr unser, wir euer Graus.


Georg Heym (30 oktober 1887 - 16 januari 1912)
Hirschberg. Georg Heym werd geboren in Hirschberg

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Dolce far niente, Franz Alfred Muth, Job Degenaar, Rudy Kousbroek, Huub Oosterhuis


Dolce far niente – Bij Allerheiligen


Allerheiligen 1 door Wassily Kandinsky, 1911




Selig, selig sind die Kindlein
Ohne Arg und Falsch, die reinen,
Selig Alle, die noch können
Kindlich jubeln, kindlich weinen,
Selig sind die Kinderherzen,
Ob die Erde auch voll Schmerzen!

Selig, selig alle Herzen
Arm und töricht vor der Erden,
Sie, die lieben Weh und Schmerzen,
Die sich freuen in Beschwerden;
Sel`ge Thorheit vor der Erden,
Ew`ge Weisheit wird dir werden.

Heil`ge Armut, die in Freuden
Alles für den Herrn gegeben,
O was reiche Seligkeiten
Werden dein im andern Leben!
Droben gibt es Edelsteine,
Diese Welt, sie hat ja keine.

Wer verfolgt, gehaßt auf Erden
Um der ew`gen Wahrheit willen,
Selig, selig wird er werden,
Gott wird schon die Tränen stillen.
Wie`s nicht ahnen mag die Erden,
Muß er selig, selig werden.

Alles wird der Herr vergelten,
Was wir litten, was wir stritten,
Seinen Duldern, seinen Helden
In des Himmels ew`gen Hütten:
Wie`s nicht ahnen kann die Erden,
Werden alle selig werden.

Und auch du mußt selig werden,
Ob im Kampfe, ob im Dulden;
Auf das Herz von dieser Erden,
Auf aus deiner Sünden Schulden!
Willst du hoffen, lieben, sehnen,
Selig, selig unter Tränen!

Franz Alfred Muth (13 juni 1839 - 3 november 1890)
Hadamar met slot. Franz Alfred Muth werd geboren in Hadamar.

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Dolce far niente - Bij Halloween


The Haunted House door John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1874



Haunted Houses

All houses wherein men have lived and died
Are haunted houses. Through the open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
With feet that make no sound upon the floors.

We meet them at the door-way, on the stair,
Along the passages they come and go,
Impalpable impressions on the air,
A sense of something moving to and fro.

There are more guests at table than the hosts
Invited; the illuminated hall
Is thronged with quiet, inoffensive ghosts,
As silent as the pictures on the wall.

The stranger at my fireside cannot see
The forms I see, nor hear the sounds I hear;
He but perceives what is; while unto me
All that has been is visible and clear.

We have no title-deeds to house or lands;
Owners and occupants of earlier dates
From graves forgotten stretch their dusty hands,
And hold in mortmain still their old estates.

The spirit-world around this world of sense
Floats like an atmosphere, and everywhere
Wafts through these earthly mists and vapours dense
A vital breath of more ethereal air.

Our little lives are kept in equipoise
By opposite attractions and desires;
The struggle of the instinct that enjoys,
And the more noble instinct that aspires.

These perturbations, this perpetual jar
Of earthly wants and aspirations high,
Come from the influence of an unseen star
An undiscovered planet in our sky.

And as the moon from some dark gate of cloud
Throws o’er the sea a floating bridge of light,
Across whose trembling planks our fancies crowd
Into the realm of mystery and night,—

So from the world of spirits there descends
A bridge of light, connecting it with this,
O’er whose unsteady floor, that sways and bends,
Wander our thoughts above the dark abyss.


Henry Longfellow (27 februari 1807 - 24 maart 1882)
West End Halloween Parade in Portland, Maine. Lomfellow wird geboren in Portland.

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Dolce far niente


October door George Inness, 1886



O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes' sake, if the were all,
Whose elaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes' sake along the all.


Robert Frost (26 maart 1874 – 29 januari 1963)
Herfst in het Presidio park, San Francisco. Robert Frost werd geboren in San Francisco.

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Dolce far niente


Computers And Wires door Tommy Midyette, 2011



My Computer

My Computer

"what?" they say, "you got a

it's like I have sold out to
the enemy.

I had no idea so many
people were prejudiced

even two editors have
written me letters about
the computer.

one disparaged the
computer in a mild and
superior way.
the other seemed

I am aware that a
computer can't create
a poem.
but neither can a

yet, still, once or
twice a week
I hear:
you have a

yes, I do
and I sit up here
almost every
sometimes with
beer or
and I work the
the damn thing
even corrects
my spelling.

and the poems
come flying
better than

I have no
idea what causes
all this

I want to go
the next step
beyond the
I'm sure it's

and when I get
they'll say,
"hey, you hear,
Chinaski got a

"what? "

"yes, it's true!"

"I can't believe

and I'll also have
some beer or
some wine
or maybe nothing
at all
and I'll be
85 years old
driving it home
you and me
and to the little girl
who lost her
or her


Charles Bukowski (16 augustus 1920 – 9 maart 1994)
Andernach. Charles Bukowski werd in Andernach geboren.



Zie voor de schrijvers van de 28e september ook mijn blog van 28 september 2015 en ook mijn blog van 28 september 2014 deel 1 en eveneens deel 2.


My Computer Ate My Homework, Dolce far niente, Kenn Nesbitt

Dolce far niente


"Chateau on the Lake" Computer Graphic Painting, door Alexander Peverett, 2011.



My Computer Ate My Homework

My computer ate my homework.
Yes, it’s troublesome, but true.
Though it didn’t gnaw or nibble
and it didn’t chomp or chew.
It digested it completely.
It consumed my homework whole,
when I pressed the Shift and Enter keys
instead of Shift-Control.

It devoured my hours of typing,
every picture, chart and graph,
and it left me most unsettled
when I thought I heard it laugh.

I would guess it was a virus,
or it could have been a worm,
that deleted every bit
but didn’t prompt me to confirm.

I suppose I might have pressed Escape
instead of pressing Save,
but, regardless, my computer
now will never misbehave.

For I found a good solution
and I smiled to hear the crash,
when I chucked it out the window
and it landed in the trash.


Kenn Nesbitt (Berkeley, 20 februarie 1962)
Berkeley. Alexander Peverett werd geboren in Berkeley.


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Sand Dunes at Sunset door Henry Ossawa Tanner, ca 1885
Dit schilderij hangt in de Green Room van het Witte Huis



Laatste zomerdag

Al de gouden middaguren
Van de zonnen die verzonken,
Stralen door dit blankdoorblonken
Blindend dak van blauwe muren
Op den stervensstillen lach
Van den laatsten zomerdag.

In de dalen van de duinen
Huivren wondre schemeringen
Om de helderheid der dingen;
En geen aêm vleugt langs de kruinen;
Dieper dan de middagvreê
Hijgt de stilte van de zee.

Als verwaasde glanzen dalen
Door de sidderende luchten
Vlakker al de breede vluchten
Van verzilverd gouden stralen,
Tot de glans in gloed ontblaakt
Waar hij Zomers peluw raakt. . .

Mogen liefdes gouden uren
Die uw oogen zijn vergeten
Tot éen glans van hemelsch weten,
Zóo uw witte peluw vuren,
Ziel mijn ziel, waar uw gezicht
In zijn laatsten glimlach ligt!


Pieter Cornelis Boutens (20 februari 1870 – 14 maart 1943)
Middelburg, haven. Boutens werd geboren in Middelburg.

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Gustavo Silva Nuñez poseert voor een door hem geschilderde zwemmer, 2015.



Swimming Chenango Lake

Winter will bar the swimmer soon.
   He reads the water’s autumnal hestitations
A wealth of ways: it is jarred,
    It is astir already despite its steadiness,
Where the first leaves at the first
    Tremor of the morning air have dropped
Anticipating him, launching their imprints
    Outwards in eccentric, overlapping circles.
There is a geometry of water, for this
    Squares off the clouds’ redundances
And sets them floating in a nether atmosphere
    All angles and elongations: every tree
Appears a cypress as it stretches there
    And every bush that shows the season,
A shaft of fire. It is a geometry and not
    A fantasia of distorting forms, but each
Liquid variation answerable to the theme
    It makes away from, plays before:
It is a consistency, the grain of the pulsating flow.
    But he has looked long enough, and now
Body must recall the eye to its dependence
    As he scissors the waterscape apart
And sways it to tatters. Its coldness
    Holding him to itself, he grants the grasp,
For to swim is also to take hold
    On water’s meaning, to move in its embrace
And to be, between grasp and grasping, free.
    He reaches in-and-through to that space
The body is heir to, making a where
    In water, a possession to be relinquished
Willingly at each stroke. The image he has torn
    Flows-to behind him, healing itself,
Lifting and lengthening, splayed like the feathers
    Down an immense wing whose darkening spread
Shadows his solitariness: alone, he is unnamed
    By this baptism, where only Chenango bears a name
In a lost language he begins to construe —
    A speech of densities and derisions, of half-
Replies to the questions his body must frame
    Frogwise across the all but penetrable element.
Human, he fronts it and, human, he draws back
    From the interior cold, the mercilessness
That yet shows a kind of mercy sustaining him.
    The last sun of the year is drying his skin
Above a surface a mere mosaic of tiny shatterings,
    Where a wind is unscaping all images in the flowing obsidian,
The going-elsewhere of ripples incessantly shaping.


Alfred Tomlinson (8 januari 1927 – 22 augustus 2015)
Stoke-on-Trent, Old Town Hall. Alfred Tomlinson werd geboren in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Hot Day door Sergej Sovkov, 2014



A Swimmer's Dream

A dream, a dream is it all — the season,
The sky, the water, the wind, the shore?
A day-born dream of divine unreason,
A marvel moulded of sleep — no more?
For the cloudlike wave that my limbs while cleaving
Feel as in slumber beneath them heaving
Soothes the sense as to slumber, leaving
Sense of nought that was known of yore.

A purer passion, a lordlier leisure,
A peace more happy than lives on land,
Fulfils with pulse of diviner pleasure
The dreaming head and the steering hand.
I lean my cheek to the cold grey pillow,
The deep soft swell of the full broad pillow,
And close mine eyes for delight past measure,
And wish the wheel of the world would stand.

The wild-winged hour that we fain would capture
Falls as from heaven that its light feet clomb,
So brief, so soft, and so full the rapture
Was felt that soothed me with sense of home.
To sleep, to swim, and to dream, for ever —
Such joy the vision of man saw never;
For here too soon will a dark day sever
The sea-bird's wing from the sea-wave's foam.

A dream, and more than a dream, and dimmer
At once and brighter than dreams that flee,
The moment's joy of the seaward swimmer
Abides, remembered as truth may be.
Not all the joy and not all the glory
Must fade as leaves when the woods wax hoary;
For there the downs and the sea-banks glimmer,
And here to south of them swells the sea.


Algernon Swinburne (5 april 1837 – 10 april 1909)
Een zomers Londen. Swinburne werd geboren in Londen.

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Baigneurs sur les rives de la Cure door Maximilien Luce, z.j.




Auf Freunde, herunter das heiße Gewand
Und tauchet in kühlende Flut
Die Glieder, die matt von der Sonne gebrannt,
Und holet von neuem euch Mut.

Die Hitze erschlaffet, macht träge uns nur,
Nicht munter und tätig und frisch,
Doch Leben gibt uns und der ganzen Natur
Die Quelle im kühlen Gebüsch.

Vielleicht daß sich hier auch ein Mädchen gekühlt
Mit rosichten Wangen und Mund,
Am niedlichen Leibe dies Wellchen gespielt,
Am Busen so weiß und so rund.

Und welches Entzücken! dies Wellchen bespült
Auch meine entkleidete Brust.
O! wahrlich, wer diesen Gedanken nur fühlt,
Hat süße entzückende Lust.


Novalis (2 mei 1772 - 25 maart 1801)
Schloss Oberwiederstedt, geboortehuis van Novalis


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Indian Summer in the White Mountains door Sanford Gifford, 1862



An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie

(In The Beginning)

THE sun is a huntress young,
The sun is a red, red joy,
The sun is an indian girl,
Of the tribe of the Illinois.


The sun is a smouldering fire,
That creeps through the high gray plain,
And leaves not a bush of cloud
To blossom with flowers of rain.


The sun is a wounded deer,
That treads pale grass in the skies,
Shaking his golden horns,
Flashing his baleful eyes.


The sun is an eagle old,
There in the windless west.
Atop of the spirit-cliffs
He builds him a crimson nest.


Vachel Lindsay (10 november 1879 - 5 december 1931)
Springfield. Vachel Lindsay werd geboren in Springfield.

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Sunday Morning door Asher Brown Durand, 1839




In 't stille, bleeke water drijven booten:
Zij wachten in de oneindigheid der grijze
Rivier, maar in hun buik zwelt zwaar het groote
Verlangen naar den horizon te reizen.
Ver, in een dorp, begon een klok te luiden,
Een carillon-lied uit den toren kwam -
Een warme wind gaat waaien uit het zuiden,
En ginder rijst het parallellogram
Der ophaalbrug - De klokken luiden, luiden.


Martinus Nijhoff (20 april 1894 – 26 januari 1953)
Den Haag. De Turfmarkt en Nieuwe Kerk rond 1900. Nijhoff werd geboren in Den Haag.

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Beach Scene door Aiden Lassell Ripley, ca. 1935



Spätsommer am Strand

Da weht von Süd ein sanfter Hauch
aus sonnenlichten Tagen;
die goldbelaubten Äste dehnt
der Ahorn voll Behagen.
Kein Vogelsang, – kein Blütenduft, -
die weiche, warme Sommerluft
säuselt in allen Hagen.

Nun schaun sich schier verwundert an
die schweigenden Zypressen;
es ist, als habe der flüchtige Lenz
sein Lebewohl vergessen
und ginge noch einmal über das Feld,
die blasse, sommermüde Welt
an seine Brust zu pressen.

Durch nackte Zweige schweift der Blick
auf graue Wellenpfade:
die weißen Wasser tummeln sich
am träumenden Gestade;
sie flüstern und raunen wie Liebesgruß,
sie kosen und spielen um deinen Fuß,
leuchten und locken zum Bade.


Clara Müller-Jahnke (5 februari 1860 - 4 november 1905)
Lenzen (Nu: Łęczno). De kerk is een monument gewijd aan de dorpelingen die in WO I zijn omgekomen.Clara Müller – Jahnke werd geboren in Lenzen


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