30-04-17

John Greenleaf Whittier, Jeroen Brouwers, Alexander Osang, Ulla Hahn, Luise Rinser, John Boyne

 

Dolce far niente

 

 
April, Epping door Lucien Pissarro, 1894

 

 

April

'T is the noon of the spring-time, yet never a bird
In the wind-shaken elm or the maple is heard;
For green meadow-grasses wide levels of snow,
And blowing of drifts where the crocus should blow;
Where wind-flower and violet, amber and white,
On south-sloping brooksides should smile in the light,
O'er the cold winter-beds of their late-waking roots
The frosty flake eddies, the ice-crystal shoots;
And, longing for light, under wind-driven heaps,
Round the boles of the pine-wood the ground-laurel creeps,
Unkissed of the sunshine, unbaptized of showers,
With buds scarcely swelled, which should burst into flowers
We wait for thy coming, sweet wind of the south!
For the touch of thy light wings, the kiss of thy mouth;
For the yearly evangel thou bearest from God,
Resurrection and life to the graves of the sod!
Up our long river-valley, for days, have not ceased
The wail and the shriek of the bitter northeast,
Raw and chill, as if winnowed through ices and snow,
All the way from the land of the wild Esquimau,
Until all our dreams of the land of the blest,
Like that red hunter's, turn to the sunny southwest.
O soul of the spring-time, its light and its breath,
Bring warmth to this coldness, bring life to this death;
Renew the great miracle; let us behold
The stone from the mouth of the sepulchre rolled,
And Nature, like Lazarus, rise, as of old!
Let our faith, which in darkness and coldness has lain,
Revive with the warmth and the brightness again,
And in blooming of flower and budding of tree
The symbols and types of our destiny see;
The life of the spring-time, the life of the whole,
And, as sun to the sleeping earth, love to the soul!

 

 
John Greenleaf Whittier (17 december 1807 – 7 september 1892)
Winnekenni Castle, Haverhill. John Greenleaf Whittier werd geboren in Haverhill.

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16-03-17

Frühlingsglaube (Johann Ludwig Uhland)

 

Dolce far niente

 

 
Boomgaard in de lente door Alfred Sisley, 1881

 

 

Frühlingsglaube

Die linden Lüfte sind erwacht,
Sie säuseln und weben Tag und Nacht,
Sie schaffen an allen Enden.
O frischer Duft, o neuer Klang!
Nun, armes Herze, sei nicht bang!
Nun muss sich alles, alles wenden.

Die Welt wird schöner mit jedem Tag,
Man weiß nicht,            was noch werden mag,
Das Blühen will nicht enden.
Es blüht das fernste, tiefste Tal;
Nun, armes Herz, vergiss der Qual!
Nun muss sich alles, alles wenden.

 

 

 
 Johann Ludwig Uhland (26 april 1787 – 13 november 1862)
 Tübingen. Uhland werd in Tübingen geboren.

 

 

Zie voor de schrijvers van de 16e maart ook mijn blog van 16 maart 2016 en ook mijn blog van 16 maart 2014 deel 1 en eveneens mijn blog van 16 maart 2014 deel 2.

16-02-17

Gelukkige liefde (Wislawa Szymborska)

 

Dolce far niente - Bij een Diamanten Huwelijk

 

 
Der alte Charmeur door Emil Rudolf Weiß (1875 – 1942)

 

 

Gelukkige liefde

Gelukkige liefde. Is dat normaal,
verdient dat respect, heeft dat nut-
wat moet de wereld met twee mensen
die voor elkaar de hele wereld zijn?

Zonder enige verdienste tot elkaar verheven,
stom toevallig twee uit een miljoen
en er toch van overtuigd
dat het zo moest gaan – als beloning waarvoor?
Voor niets;
het licht valt nergens vandaan –
waarom juist op hen, en niet op anderen?
Is dat kwetsend voor ons rechtsgevoel?
– Jazeker.
Schendt dat onze zorgvuldig opgeworpen principes,
stoot het de moraal van zijn top?
– Het een zowel als het ander.

Kijk eens naar het gelukkige stel:
als ze zich nu een beetje inhielden,
om hun vrienden te sterken
neerslachtigheid voorgaven!
Hoor eens hoe ze lachen – aanstootgevend.
Wat voor taal ze bezigen – alleen in schijn begrijpelijk.
En dan al die vormelijkheden, poespas,
die subtiele verplichtingen jegens elkander –
het lijkt wel een komplot achter de mensheid om!

Je kunt nauwelijks voorzien waartoe dit zou leiden,
als hun voorbeeld nagevolgd kon worden.
Waarop zouden poëzie, religie nog kunnen hopen,
wat zou men respecteren, wat nalaten,
wie zou in de kring willen blijven.

Gelukkige liefde? Is dat echt nodig?
Tact en gezond verstand gebieden ons erover te zwijgen
als over een schandaal in Hogere Sferen.
Prachtige kindertjes worden zonder haar hulp geboren.
Nimmer zou ze de aarde kunnen bevolken,
ze komt immers maar zo zelden voor.

Laat de mensen die geen gelukkige liefde kennen
maar volhouden dat er nergens gelukkige liefde is.
Met dat geloof valt het hun lichter te leven, en te sterven.

 

Vertaald door Gerard Rasch

 

 
Wislawa Szymborska (2 juli 1923 – 1 februari 2012)
Bnin (Kórnik). Wislawa Szymborska werd geboren in Bnin.

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14-02-17

Nähe des Geliebten (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), Piet Paaltjes, Hanna Bervoets

 

Bij Valentijnsdag - Dolce far niente

 

 
The Eve of St Valentine door George Smith, 1871

 

 

Nähe des Geliebten

Ich denke dein, wenn mir der Sonne Schimmer
vom Meere strahlt;
ich denke dein, wenn sich des Mondes Flimmer
in Quellen malt.

Ich sehe dich, wenn auf dem fernen Wege
der Staub sich hebt;
in tiefer Nacht, wenn auf dem schmalen Stege
der Wanderer bebt.

Ich höre dich, wenn dort mit dumpfen Rauschen
die Welle steigt;
im stillen Haine geh ich oft zu lauschen,
wenn alles schweigt.

Ich bin bei dir, du seist auch noch so ferne,
du bist mir nah!
Die Sonne sinkt, bald leuchten mir die Sterne.
O wärst du da!

 

 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 augustus 1749 – 22 maart 1832)
Frankfurt am Main, Der Römer. Goethe werd geboren in Frankfurt.

 

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13-12-16

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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02-11-16

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

 

Bij Allerzielen

 

 
Allerseelen auf einem rheinischen Friedhof door Alfred Böhm, 1873

 

 

Allerseelen

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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01-11-16

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

 

Dolce far niente – Bij Allerheiligen

 

 
Allerheiligen 1 door Wassily Kandinsky, 1911

 

 

Allerheiligen

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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31-10-16

Dolce far niente, Henry Longfellow, Joseph Boyden, John Kea

 

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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30-10-16

Dolce far niente, Robert Frost, Jan Van Loy, Ezra Pound, Paul Valéry, Andrew Solomon

 

Dolce far niente

 

 
October door George Inness, 1886

 

October

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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28-09-16

My Computer Ate My Homework 2, Dolce far niente, Charles Bukowski

 

Dolce far niente

 


Computers And Wires door Tommy Midyette, 2011

 

 

My Computer

My Computer

"what?" they say, "you got a
computer?"

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

I had no idea so many
people were prejudiced
against
computers.

even two editors have
written me letters about
the computer.

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

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

yet, still, once or
twice a week
I hear:
"what?
you have a
computer?
you?"

yes, I do
and I sit up here
almost every
night,
sometimes with
beer or
wine,
sometimes
without
and I work the
computer.
the damn thing
even corrects
my spelling.

and the poems
come flying
out,
better than
ever.

I have no
idea what causes
all this
computer
prejudice.

me?
I want to go
the next step
beyond the
computer.
I'm sure it's
there.

and when I get
it,
they'll say,
"hey, you hear,
Chinaski got a
space-biter!"

"what? "

"yes, it's true!"

"I can't believe
it!"

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
to
you and me
and to the little girl
who lost her
sheep.
or her
computer.

 


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.

21-09-16

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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16-09-16

Dolce far niente, P. C. Boutens, Breyten Breytenbach, Alfred Schaffer, Frans Kusters, Michael Nava, Justin Haythe, James Alan McPherson, Hans Arp

 

Dolce far niente

 

 
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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15-09-16

Dolce far niente, Alfred Tomlinson, Lucebert, Jan Slauerhoff, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Agatha Christie, Orhan Kemal, Gunnar Ekelöf

 

Dolce far niente

 

 
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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14-09-16

Dolce far niente, Algernon Swinburne, Hans Faverey, Theodor Storm, Leo Ferrier, Corly Verlooghen, Bernard MacLaverty, Ivan Klíma

 

Dolce far niente

 

 
Hot Day door Sergej Sovkov, 2014

 

 

A Swimmer's Dream

V.
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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