I'm dreaming my life

in a parallel world, it's --


a roller-coaster.


Ik droom mijn levenMein Leben träumen,
in een parallelwereld --in einer Parallelwelt --
Het is een achtbaan.einer Achterbahn.

 Poem S2159
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-27
 Area 19 (Esther Gerritsen) - 2023
 In response to Esther Gerritsen's lack of critical imagination in describing the mental rollercoaster in her novel "Gebied 19", with a reference from me to the story "De achtbaan" ("The roller-coaster", 1953, Belcampo)
Area 19 is a part of the visual cortex in the brain

 Tribute to: Gerritsen, Esther 
 Collection: Held True 


On the internet,

you can have parallel worlds --


and parallel lives.


Op het internetIm Internet gibt
zijn parallelwerelden --es Parallelwelten und --
parallellevens.Parallelleben.

 Poem S2160
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-27
 Area 19 (Esther Gerritsen) - 2023
 Inspiration for the novel "Gebied 19"
Area 19 is a part of the visual cortex in the brain

 Tribute to: Gerritsen, Esther 
 Collection: Held True 


The neighbours have left,

their garden is drying out --


so I water it.


Ik pak de gieter,Die Nachbarn sind weg,
de buren zijn vertrokken --und ihr Garten ist trocken --
hun planten staan droog.also gieße ich.

 Poem H4583
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-26
 Area 19 (Esther Gerritsen) - 2023
 Novel "Gebied 19", chapters 1-1, 1-2, 1-8
Area 19 is a part of the visual cortex in the brain

 Tribute to: Gerritsen, Esther 
 Collection: Stream 


Zywa Wisdom

Paying attention to as little
as possible, saving my energy
only vaguely watching at the edge
what is happening and imitating
what the others are doing

just behaving normally, as expected
I have been coming here for that long
and it also feels that familiar
when I go through the door
and see where I am

Not making mistakes
being silent and seeming to be
as wise as I actually am
but no longer on demand
only confirming or cautiously

saying hm with a nod
benevolent and waiting
for further explanation if
the other person dares
or likes to speak

 Poem 5470
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-25
 Collection: Webgarden 


The shadows are long,

I'm waiting, it's getting dark --


it's coming closer.


Lange schaduwen,Die Schatten sind lang,
ik wacht af, het wordt donker --ich warte, es wird dunkel --
het komt dichterbij.kommt immer näher.

 Poem H4581
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-25
 Not Dark Yet (Bob Dylan) - 1997
 Song (album "Time Out of Mind")
 Tribute to: Dylan, Bob 
 Collection: Great Flow 


There is no response,

would really no one smell me --


smell what I can smell?


Niemand reageert,Niemand reagiert,
zou dan niemand mij ruiken --würde niemand mich riechen --
ruiken wat ik ruik?das, was ich rieche?

 Poem H4582
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-25
 Collection: Mosaic virus 


Long robes turn people

into imitation ghosts --


having no bodies.


Lange gewadenLange Gewänder
maken van mensen spoken --machen Menschen zu Geistern --
zonder een lichaam.Keine Körper mehr.

 Poem S2157
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-25
 Collection: Metamorphic body 


What other can I

be than a collection of --


misunderstandings?


Wat kan ik andersBin ich schließlich doch
zijn dan een verzameling --nur eine Ansammlung von --
van misverstanden?Missverständnissen?

 Poem S2158
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-25
 Vladiwostok! (P.F. Thomése) - 2007
 Novel, part 1, chapter 14
See also S1735 (April 13th, 2023) regarding the exhibition "100 Missverständnisse über und unter Juden" ("100 Misunderstandings about and among Jews" in the Jewish Museum Vienna)

 Tribute to: Thomese, P.F. 
 Collection: Held True 


Zywa Almost touchable / Painted skin

We wear face masks
while she is working
and I see myself
transforming, changing colour

into a super being
blue as a goddess
the deterioration of my body
well camouflaged
seemingly charmed away

The question is what do I want
to show, what classification do I want
to be free from, the sick, the kind
of people with clothes like I wear?

What does the paint show
in the shape of my skin?
Myself, almost touchable?
Before strange eyes
I could not be more intimate

 Poem 5467
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-24
 Collection: Metamorphic body 


We only conquer

our own place in the world by --


living together.


Wij veroverenEinen Platz in der
een plaats in de wereld door --Welt erobern wir durch das --
samen te leven.Zusammenleben.

 Poem H4578
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-24
 Symbiosis (Living together): the "Survival of the fittest" (1864, Herbert Spencer) takes place within systems of symbiosis (1966, Lynn Margulis)
 Tribute to: Margulis, Lynn 
 Collection: The drama 


The many years lived

make me crooked, I subside --


sink into my roots.


De vele jarenDie vielen Jahre
trekken mij krom en ik zak --ziehen mich krumm, ich sinke --
weg in mijn wortels.in meinen Wurzeln.

 Poem H4579
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-24
 Deadline (Elsa Joubert) - 2017
 Novel "Spertyd", opening sentence
 Tribute to: Joubert, Elsa 
 Collection: After the festivities 


Characteristic

of old people's buildings is --


their name: Home of Loss.


Er is een naam voorIhr Name ist klar:
oudemensengebouwen --Alteleutegebäude --
ze heten: Verlies.heißen Der Verlust.

 Poem H4580
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-24
 Deadline (Elsa Joubert) - 2017
 Novel "Spertyd"
 Tribute to: Joubert, Elsa 
 Collection: After the festivities 


A new appointment,

and today my first grey hair:


what many changes!


Pas een nieuwe baan,Neue Anstellung,
en vandaag een grijze haar:und heute ein graues Haar:
er verandert veel!vieles ändert sich!

 Poem H4576
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-23
 My first grey hair appeared (Juyi Bai) - 806
 Poem - "Just ten days after starting this new job, I looked in the mirror and noticed I had sprung two new gray hairs."
 Tribute to: Bai, Juyi 
 Collection: Stream 


The lunar orbit,

the decline of my body:


it all goes slowly.


De baan van de maan,Der Körperverfall,
het verval van mijn lichaam:die Umlaufbahn des Mondes:
alles gaat langzaam.alles geht langsam.

 Poem H4577
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-23
 The full moon climbs slowly, slowly higher (Hongdao Yuan) - 1610
 Poem
 Tribute to: Yuan, Hongdao 
 Collection: Stream 


Children are dying

of hunger, then they are food --


Nothing else to eat.


Kinderen stervenKinder verhungern,
van de honger, zij zijn het --sie sterben und sind dann die --
enige voedsel.einzige Nahrung.

 Poem S2155
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-23
 Lamentations 4:10 - -587
 Palestine in the year 587 BC (destruction of Jerusalem) >> Lamentations 4:10 The hands of the pitiful women have sodden [cooked] their own children; they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
 Collection: May the Might 


Dilated pupils

in a swollen, white face, that's --


what sadness looks like.


Grote pupillenGroße Pupillen,
in een dik, wit gezicht, zo --ein dickes, weißes Gesicht:
ziet verdriet er uit.das ist Traurigkeit.

 Poem H4573
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-22
 The Mission (Wessel te Gussinklo) - 1995
 Novel "De opdracht", chapter (4-) 44
 Tribute to: Te Gussinklo, Wessel 
 Collection: VacantVoid 


The organ, humming

softly in the pale twilight --


filling all fissures.


Het orgel neurietDer Orgelbass summt
in het vale schemerlicht --in der fahlen Dämmerung --
vult alle kieren.füllt alle Risse.

 Poem H4574
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-22
 gamut inc - 2024
 Pedal exercises, and: part of the computer-controlled concert by gamut inc (Marion Wörle and Maciej Sledziecki) on four organs (partly simultaneously, partly with 'robots' on the manuals) in the Organpark on March 22nd, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


A private circle

of strangers here in the dark:


organ fanciers.


Een besloten kringEin privater Kreis
van vreemden in het donker:von Fremden hier im Dunkeln:
orgelliefhebbers.Orgelliebhaber.

 Poem H4575
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-22
 gamut inc - 2024
 During the computer-controlled concert by gamut inc (Marion Wörle and Maciej Sledziecki) on four organs (partly simultaneously, partly with 'robots' on the manuals) in the Organpark on March 22nd, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


I don't give in, but

no one notices, in fact --


it does make no sense.


Ik geef niet toe, maarIch gebe nicht nach,
niemand merkt dat, eigenlijk --niemand merkt es, eigentlich --
heeft het dus geen zin.macht es keinen Sinn.

 Poem S2154
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-22
 The Mission (Wessel te Gussinklo) - 1995
 Novel "De opdracht", chapter (4-) 43
 Tribute to: Te Gussinklo, Wessel 
 Collection: Actively Passive 


They're laughing at me,

it just happens, it really --


really can't be true.


Ze lachen me uit,Sie lachen mich aus,
het gebeurt gewoon, het kan --es passiert einfach, es kann --
echt, echt niet waar zijn.wirklich nicht wahr sein.

 Poem H4570
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-21
 The Mission (Wessel te Gussinklo) - 1995
 Novel "De opdracht", chapter (2-) 15
 Tribute to: Te Gussinklo, Wessel 
 Collection: Truder 


The way he behaves,

imitating me, never --


I would act like that!


Zoals hij nu doet,So wie er jetzt tut,
mij nadoet, dat kan toch niet --mich nachahmt, nie werde ich --
dat ik zo zou doen!mich so benehmen!

 Poem H4571
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-21
 The Mission (Wessel te Gussinklo) - 1995
 Novel "De opdracht", chapter (2-) 18
 Tribute to: Te Gussinklo, Wessel 
 Collection: Glimpsed 


He looks around, so

he isn't dangerous, he dares --


not do anything.


Hij kijkt om zich heen,Er blickt herum, ist
hij is dus ongevaarlijk --ungefährlich, traut sich nicht --
hij durft niets te doen.mir was anzutun.

 Poem H4572
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-21
 The Mission (Wessel te Gussinklo) - 1995
 Novel "De opdracht", chapter (3-) 24
 Tribute to: Te Gussinklo, Wessel 
 Collection: Actively Passive 


Girls are looking so

enigmatic, smiling, and --


in expectation.


Meisjes kijken zoMädchen schauen so
raadselachtig, glimlachend --rätselhaft, so lächelnd, so --
in afwachting van.voller Erwartung.

 Poem H4567
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-20
 The Mission (Wessel te Gussinklo) - 1995
 Novel "De opdracht", chapter (1-) 2
 Tribute to: Te Gussinklo, Wessel 
 Collection: Glimpsed 


He is also there,

listlessly looking away --


we mumble hello.


Hij is er ook weer,Er ist auch wieder
lusteloos kijken we weg --da, lustlos schauen wir weg --
en zeggen hallo.und sagen Hallo.

 Poem H4568
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-20
 The Mission (Wessel te Gussinklo) - 1995
 Novel "De opdracht", chapter (1-) 3
 Tribute to: Te Gussinklo, Wessel 
 Collection: Truder 


Girls giggle and they

keep shifting the position --


of their bulging calves.


Meisjes giechelenMädchen kichern und
en ze gaan steeds verzitten --sie setzen sich anders hin --
met ronde kuiten.mit runden Waden.

 Poem H4569
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-20
 The Mission (Wessel te Gussinklo) - 1995
 Novel "De opdracht", chapter (1-) 4
 Tribute to: Te Gussinklo, Wessel 
 Collection: Glimpsed 


Within every

story new stories, that's how --


the universe works.


Binnen elk verhaalNeue Geschichten
een nieuw verhaal, zo lijkt het --in jeder Geschichte, so --
heelal te werken.läuft es im Weltall.

 Poem H4564
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-19
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 7 "Within the Chinese Box,"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The animals, we,

present in Becoming-Time --


God is Being-Time.


Mensen en dierenMenschen und Tiere
leven in Wordende Tijd --leben in Werdender Zeit --
God is Zijnde Tijd.Gott ist Alle Zeit.

 Poem H4565
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-19
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 8 "In Which the Tide Begins to Turn"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


My foe shows no light,

but I do sense some little --


dark within myself.


In de vijand zieIm Feind sehe ich
ik geen licht, wel voel ik iets --kein Licht, aber ich spüre --
donkers in mijzelf.was Dunkles in mir.

 Poem H4566
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-19
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 8 "In Which the Tide Begins to Turn"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Tourists are mining

in museums everywhere --


for the tourist gold.


Toeristen delvenTouristen schürfen
overal in musea --in Museen überall --
het toeristengoud.das Touristengold.

 Poem S2152
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-19
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 8 "In Which the Tide Begins to Turn"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Communication

is just a collection of --


misunderstandings.


CommunicatieKommunikation
is slechts een verzameling --ist eine Ansammlung von --
van misverstanden.Missverständnissen.

 Poem S2153
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-19
 Vladiwostok! (P.F. Thomése) - 2007
 Novel, part 1, chapter 14
 Tribute to: Thomese, P.F. 
 Collection: Held True 


Zywa Bi

Open and closed doors
windows shutters castles
wards and shops
towns roads borders
I go where I can
if I want to go there

Open and closed societies
monasteries and visors
letters flowers looks
lips eyes and ears
I listen and am blind
to what I don't want to see

Open and closed books
credits lines and veins
questions minds hearts
arms wounds and chakras
I speak and keep quiet
about what is kept quiet

Open and closed gardens
skies valves taps
sewers sluices vaults
coffins and graves
I hold back and resign
myself to be lonely

Open and non-open
water fire and kitchens
pans curtain endings
conversations and relationships
I am hospitable and live to myself
because there are too many people

 Poem 5464
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-18
 Collection: Untwisted 


Human babies are

infected from birth, with the --


story parasite.


Mensen besmettenMenschen verseuchen
hun baby's meteen met de --ihre Babys sofort mit --
verhaalparasiet.ihren Geschichten.

 Poem H4562
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-18
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 4 "The Strangenessses"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


She never shuts up,

in my sleep she keeps talking:


Radio Married.


Ze houdt nooit haar mond,Sie hält nie den Mund,
in mijn slaap praat ze maar door:sie redet in meinem Schlaf:
Radio Getrouwd.Radio Ehe.

 Poem H4563
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-18
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 6 "Dunia in Love, Again"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Loosened from the ropes,

the bells are chiming around --


in their ecstasy.


Los van de touwenVon ihren Seilen
beieren de klokken rond --gelöst klöppeln die Glocken --
in hun vervoering.ihre Verzückung.

 Poem H4561
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-17
 Timber (Michael Gordon) - 2009
 Composition for six wooden semantra (woodblocks), partly performed in the Organpark on March 17th, 2024 by Joao Brito, Bruno Martins, Michal Kram, Ivo Stoyanov, Ferry Mommers, Ivan Boaro
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Zywa At the bench

At the bench, just before
we get there, he reaches
for the ground

and sits down
but he doesn't seem to know how
he doesn't seem to be well, I wait

A municipal man comes
to see and he calls for help, sirens
My companion is carefully laid down

A woman presses her arms
around me and holds me
caressing me

Others are watching
tirelessly his chest rises
after every push, another push

I'm still not allowed
to go to him, I'm waiting
it can't be right

that he stays down
that he is not on the bench
that he doesn't talk to me

 Poem 5461
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-16
 On the death of a neighbour while walking his dog on March 14th, 2024
 Collection: Webgarden 


It's a merry day,

we dance on the earth organ:


feet full of music.


Een vrolijke dag,Ein fröhlicher Tag,
dansend op het aardorgel:tanzend auf der Erdorgel:
voeten vol muziek.Füße sind Musik.

 Poem H4558
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-15
 Velocities (Moto Perpetuo) (Joseph Schwantner) - 1990
 Composition for marimba, performed in the Organpark on March 15th, 2024 by Tomasz Herisz - Tatiana Koleva calls the marimba an earth-organ
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Sneaking silently,

as part of a secret plan --


and it will end well.


Stilletjes sluipen,Leise anschleichen,
een geheim plan uitvoeren --nach einem geheimen Plan --
en alles komt goed.und alles wird gut.

 Poem H4559
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-15
 Variations on Japanese Children's Songs (Keiko Abe) - 1982
 Composition for marimba, performed in the Organpark on March 15th, 2024 by Sung-En Chi
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The tapping rhythm is

so compelling, I have to --


participate, dance.


Het tapritme isDieser Stepp-Rhythmus
zo dwingend, dat ik wel moet --ist zwingend, ich muss einfach --
meedoen en dansen.mitmachen, tanzen.

 Poem H4560
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-15
 Elyl & Tap (Emmanuel Séjourné) - 2023
 Composition for marimba, performed in the Organpark on March 15th, 2024 by Adélaïde Ferrière
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Then, Adam and Eve

invented god and soon he --


was superior.


Adam en EvaAdam und Eva
bedachten god en al gauw --erfanden Gott und bald war --
was die hen de baas.er überlegen.

 Poem H4557
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-13
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 4 "The Strangenessses"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The jinns: a cloud cuts

through the moon and through the eye --


that looks at the moon.


De djinns: een wolk snijdtDie Dschinns durchschneiden
door de maan en door het oog --den Mond und das Auge, das --
dat naar de maan kijkt.den Mond betrachtet.

 Poem S2149
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-13
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 4 "The Strangenessses"
Film "Un Chien Andalou" ("An Andalusian Dog", 1929, Luis Buñuel, screenplay with Salvador Dalí)

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Tribute to: Bunuel, Luis 
 Collection: Low gear 


The jinns: a man falls

and a lot of ants crawls out --


of his gaping hand.


De djinns: een man valtDie Dschinns: ein Mann fällt
en er kruipen mieren uit --und Ameisen kriechen aus --
het gat in zijn hand.dem Loch in der Hand.

 Poem S2150
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-13
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 4 "The Strangenessses"
Film "Un Chien Andalou" ("An Andalusian Dog", 1929, Luis Buñuel, screenplay with Salvador Dalí)

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Tribute to: Bunuel, Luis 
 Collection: Low gear 


The jinns: a man looks

in the mirror and he sees --


the back of his head.


De djinns: een man kijktDie Dschinns: ein Mann schaut
in de spiegel en hij ziet --in den Spiegel und er sieht --
daar zijn achterhoofd.seinen Hinterkopf.

 Poem S2151
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-13
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 4 "The Strangenessses"
Painting "La réproduction interdite" ("Not to be reproduced", 1937, René Magritte)

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Tribute to: Magritte, Rene 
 Collection: Low gear 


Owners own the land,

but the gardens will belong --


to the gardeners.


Ja, de eigenaarDem Eigentümer
bezit de grond, maar de tuin --gehört das Land, der Garten --
is van de tuinman.gehört dem Gärtner.

 Poem H4556
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-12
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 2 "Mr Geronimo"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


So strange, wealth offers

everything to be happy --


and yet it doesn't work.


Rijkdom biedt allesDie Reichen haben
voor een gelukkig leven --alles, um glücklich zu sein --
en toch werkt dat niet.aber sind es nicht.

 Poem S2147
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-12
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 2 "Mr Geronimo": 'The rich are obscure to us, finding ways to be unhappy when all the normal causes of unhappiness are removed.'
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Behind her: a man,

his head perched on her shoulder --


like a frightful hawk.


Achter haar: een man,Hinter ihr: ein Mann,
wiens hoofd op haar schouder zit --sein Kopf auf ihrer Schulter --
zoals een havik.wie ein Haushabicht.

 Poem S2148
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-12
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 2 "Mr Geronimo"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Zywa Waiting for the new moon

The call-up thins out the houses
and combs out the neighborhoods
makes our lives incomplete

Even without the fallen, we already
suffer loss, loading the seconds
every day for a while

with timeless desires
and the nights remain dark
no matter how many stars

we wait for the new moon
and the living return of our
warriors and their attackers

no longer a closed border
no weakening and dividing
to rule over nothing

but a falsified nation
no mutual destruction
of wealth and families

 Poem 5458
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-12
 Mobilisation
Since January 1st, 1970, computers count time in seconds

 Collection: Moons 


A tangled patchwork,

bits of all kinds of people --


that's how Mumbai was.


Een lappendekenEin Flickenteppich
van mensen, van alles wat --aus allerlei Menschen, so --
zo was Mumbai toen.war Mumbai damals.

 Poem H4555
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-11
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 2 "Mr Geronimo"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The grand parade is

over, and never over:


unforgettable.


De grote optochtDer große Umzug
is voorbij, en nooit voorbij:ist vorbei, und nie vorbei:
onvergetelijk.ja unvergesslich.

 Poem H4554
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-10
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 1, The Children of Ibn Rushd (Averroes, 1126-1198)
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The tempest tears roofs

away from attic secrets --


devours people's pasts.


De storm rukt dakenDer Sturm reißt Dächer
weg van zoldergeheimen --von Geheimnissen, verschlingt --
verslindt verledens.Vergangenheiten.

 Poem S2144
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-10
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 2 "Mr Geronimo"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Better not to count

on society or God --


Provide for supplies.


Reken liever nietVerlasse dich nicht
op de maatschappij of God --auf die Gesellschaft und Gott --
Zorg voor voorraden.Halte Vorräte.

 Poem S2145
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-10
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 2 "Mr Geronimo"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


I never dare to

speak to them, not one of them --


does even see me.


Ik durf hen niet aanIch traue mich nicht,
te spreken, niet een van hen --sie an zu sprechen, keiner --
heeft aandacht voor mij.achtet je auf mich.

 Poem S2146
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-10
 Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Salman Rushdie) - 2015
 Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights), chapter 2 "Mr Geronimo"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Gee, where exactly

are the landmines that I placed --


the lies and the truths?


O jee, waar liggenOh je, wo liegen
de landmijnen, de leugens --die Landminen, die Lügen --
en de waarheden?und die Wahrheiten?

 Poem H4553
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-09
 Vladiwostok! (P.F. Thomése) - 2007
 Novel, part 3, chapter 28
 Tribute to: Thomese, P.F. 
 Collection: May the Might 


Zywa Theologic

If you call the beginning of the universe
Creator, Father of the world, even then
it remains far away, you would need
if possible, a connection

a Holy Spirit, no wonder
it was invented, fortunately
there was already the theologic
of the resurrection from the dead

not yet granted to us humans
but which has been promised
to the believers, who hope
that it is possible, just

because it must have happened that way
that He already is with our Father
the Creator, to whom He in all
his divinity naturally says Papa

 Poem 5452
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-07
 Abba is the familiar address of your father: dad. Jesus was divine, and therefore addressed God as 'Dad'; After all, he was Dad's son, that is 'bar-abba', translated into Greek that is: Barabbas. Jesus the Anointed (Christ) was therefore also given the title Barabbas (Dad's son).
Mark wrote the oldest Gospel and used that title in 15:7 without Jesus' name, so as not to provoke the Romans. To the believers it was clear anyway; the title could only have meant Jesus. In some manuscripts of the later written Gospel of Matthew does verse 27:17 not say: "Jesus or Barabbas", but: "Jesus Barabbas", because that was no longer dangerous under Roman rule.

 Collection: From Sacred Scriptures
The King 



With its arms moving

from high to low: the organ --


is pirouetting.


Met de armen steedsMit allen Armen
van hoog naar laag: het orgel --von hoch nach tief: die Orgel --
draait pirouettes.dreht Pirouetten.

 Poem H4551
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-07
 Organ concerto "Reve" (Martijn Padding) - 2024
 Concerto for organ and ensemble, performed in the Organpark on March 7th, 2024 by Laurens de Man (organ) and the New European Ensemble, part 3 (scherzo)
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Rising from deeper

grounds sings the silver fountain --


a chamber concert.


Uit diepe grondenAus tiefen Gründen
zingt de zilveren fontein --singt der silberne Brunnen --
van het huisconcert.des Kammerkonzerts.

 Poem H4552
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-07
 Molzer-organ - 1925
 The Molzer organ (1925, Vienna) in the Organpark, whose large pipes reach into the lower floor, played on March 7th, 2024 with the performance of the organ concerto "Reve" for organ and ensemble (2024, Martijn Padding) by Laurens de Man (organ) and the New European Ensemble
 Collection: anp 


Politics revolves

around trying to control --


our powerlessness.


Politiek draait omDie Politik dreht
het trachten te beheersen --um die Kontrolle über --
van onze onmacht.unsere Ohnmacht.

 Poem H4550
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-06
 Vladiwostok! (P.F. Thomése) - 2007
 Novel, part 1, chapter 9
 Tribute to: Thomese, P.F. 
 Collection: May the Might 


Finding the greater

problem and proclaiming it --


thát is politics!


Het beste probleemDas beste Problem
vinden en verkondigen --auffinden und verkünden --
dát is politiek!dás ist Politik!

 Poem S2142
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-06
 Vladiwostok! (P.F. Thomése) - 2007
 Novel, part 1, chapter 11
 Tribute to: Thomese, P.F. 
 Collection: May the Might 


Power is itself,

you can never possess it --


you only use it.


Macht is zelfstandig,Macht ist selbstständig,
die kun je niet bezitten --man kann sie nicht besitzen --
die gebruik je slechts.man kann sie nutzen.

 Poem S2143
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-06
 Vladiwostok! (P.F. Thomése) - 2007
 Novel, part 1, chapter 11
 Tribute to: Thomese, P.F. 
 Collection: May the Might 


 Poem 5446
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-05
 Rhetoric, Lies, Doublespeak, Doubletalk/Forked tongue
Marcus Junius Brutus (85-42 BC)

 Collection: PumicePieces 


Zywa Halfway station

If I behave, I can participate
half as a half-grown as if
it were fun in that world
on its head that thinks it can

cheer me up with a smile, kid
the best time of your life...
Cynics! Down with them! Down with fake!
I have square shoulders

just wait, I'm beating
the drum, I'm in
the hangout
about to

They have been hanging
for so long that their brains turn
everything around, having no idea
what's real, what's fake

 Poem 5441
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-04
 Tarot: the Hanged Man
 Collection: Migration 


Zywa Iron ice

I am blue: cold blood, clod
and it will be frozen, iron ice
in the muzzle of the bear
that finds me, a hard bite
my life, penultimate thoughts

if no one comes
with warmth, oxygen
to be awake
and able to sleep
without dying

The sun remains behind the horizon
at night the depths make me dizzy
78% nitrogen is the bottom
everything is all-right
I dream that I'm still there

 Poem 5443
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-04
 The Earth's atmosphere contains 78% nitrogen gas
 Collection: BloodTrunk 


Zywa The flowers stink

Calimeros nick shit shit
on top of the living mountain
boom boom bombing bass
do not wipe their ass

get behind their masks
mish mash mocking heads
the right of their pose
pooh pooh poo haha

smother smile-screw-lala
protest and opposition
in fearing much more most
and flowers on the graves

whinge and wine too bad oh yeah
of the bra-brave fools
who want to be martyrs
Come and see! Come and see!

They curse electricity and water
and threaten oh sigh sigh
boastfully destruction
that no cartoon can contain

 Poem 5437
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-03
 Oligarchs and drug lords
 Collection: PumicePieces 


Zywa Comfort zones [1]

Being in love, with a smile, not blind
to our differences, the life that lies
behind us and the preferences

that, with the fortunate lack
of temerity, are difficult to convince
of the taste and wisdom of others
- heard very, very benevolently
and without indulgence, found
charming, yes, longing for more
content and more togetherness

in the phase that lies ahead, our choices
to be joined softly and smoothly
in shared open spaces

 Poem 5432
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-02
 Collection: More 


Zywa Comfort zones [2]

In the city there are many doors
that are open at night
to being awake
experiencing something together
across the threshold
no longer being an outsider

In the city there are many sidewalks
where people stand
and explore distant areas
with flexible words
questions and mental leaps
to become familiar with them

In the city there are many gardens
where children play, birds
whistle and all year round, flowers
attract bees and people
to come and feast
on the nectar of the day

 Poem 5434
 Amsterdam, 2024-03-02
 Collection: WoofWoof 


That party: a cliff

in the waves of everything --


I don't remember.


Dat feest is een klipDas Fest: die Klippe
in de golven van alles --in den Wellen von allem --
wat ik niet meer weet.was ich nicht mehr weiß.

 Poem H4548
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-29
 The last testimony (Belcampo) - 1946
 Story "Het laatste getuigenis" (collection "Nieuwe verhalen")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Moist glow 


As we know, people

like to play, preferably --


with favourite thoughts.


Een mens speelt graag,Die Leute spielen
bij voorkeur met lievelings-gerne, vorzugsweise mit --
redeneringen.Lieblingsgedanken.

 Poem H4549
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-29
 The last testimony (Belcampo) - 1946
 Story "Het laatste getuigenis" (collection "Nieuwe verhalen")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Finethreads 


Discussing who did

what and why is what I like --


most about wisdom.


Bespreken wie watDarüber reden,
waarom gedaan heeft is het --Wer Was Warum, gefällt mir --
leukste aan wijsheid.sehr an der Weisheit.

 Poem H4546
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-28
 The big event (Belcampo) - 1946
 Story "Het grote gebeuren" (collection "Nieuwe verhalen")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Appearances 


That party a cliff

you can buy brain transplants with --


pleasant memories.


Te koop op de markt:Das Fest: die Klippe:
hersentransplantaten met --Gehirntransplantate mit --
herinneringen.Erinnerungen.

 Poem H4547
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-28
 The roller-coaster (Belcampo) - 1953
 Story "De achtbaan" (collection "Liefde's verbijstering")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Being my own museum 


Ordinary men.

When naked, it's striking: thin --


muscular bundles.


Gewone mannen.Normale Männer.
Als ze naakt zijn valt het op:Wenn sie nackt sind, fällt auf: dünn --
dunne spierbundels.die Muskelbündel.

 Poem H4545
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-27
 The things are the boss (Belcampo) - 1950
 Story "De dingen de baas" (collection "Sprongen in de branding")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Wean Di 


Dignified people

don't exist, distinction is --


always pretension.


Deftige mensenVornehme Menschen
bestaan niet, deftigheid is --gibt es nicht, die Vornehmheit --
altijd pretentie.ist immer Anspruch.

 Poem S2141
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-27
 The things are the boss (Belcampo) - 1950
 Story "De dingen de baas" (collection "Sprongen in de branding")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Appearances 


Knowledge of human

nature: learning that people --


are not characters.


Met mensenkennisMit Menschenkenntnis
moet ik leren: mensen zijn --muss ich lernen: Menschen sind --
geen personages.keine Figuren.

 Poem H4541
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-26
 The character's helplessness (Marjoleine de Vos) - 2024
 Column "De hulpeloosheid van het personage", in the NRC of February 26th, 2024) - Reality and fiction: do movies and novels teach us not only to understand people, but also to see them as characters?
 Tribute to: De Vos, Marjoleine 
 Collection: Known 


Every day we are

celebrating without frills --


just being grateful.


Elke dag vierenJeden Tag feiern
we zonder poespas, gewoon --wir ohne Schnickschnack, einfach --
dat we dankbaar zijn.dass wir dankbar sind.

 Poem H4542
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-26
 Easthouse's story (Belcampo) - 1946
 Story "Het verhaal van Oosterhuis" (collection "Nieuwe verhalen")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: SoulSenseSun 


Then I realise:

it was an attack, I didn't --


fall, I got a push.


Ontsteld besef ik:Dann wird es mir klar:
er is een aanslag gepleegd --es war ein Anschlag, kein Sturz --
Ik viel door een duw.nein, es war ein Stoß.

 Poem H4543
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-26
 Easthouse's story (Belcampo) - 1946
 Story "Het verhaal van Oosterhuis" (collection "Nieuwe verhalen")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Thinkles Lusionless 


I can't separate

good and evil, so mixed up --


are all my actions.


Goed en kwaad kan ikGut und Böse: nie
nooit eens scheiden, zo gemengd --zu trennen, so gemischt sind --
zijn al mijn daden.meine Handlungen.

 Poem H4544
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-26
 Easthouse's story (Belcampo) - 1946
 Story "Het verhaal van Oosterhuis" (collection "Nieuwe verhalen")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Known 


Another new birth,

another programmed clotting --


of exploded cells.


Weer een geboorte,Eine Neugeburt,
zo'n geprogrammeerde klont --so ein programmierter Kloß --
ontplofte cellen.Explodierzellen.

 Poem H4540
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-25
 The surprise (Belcampo) - 1968
 Story "De surprise" (collection "De ideale dahlia")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Finethreads 


She looks at me, puts

coquettishly in her eyes --


her whole soul again.


Ze kijkt mij fel aan,Sie sieht mich an, steckt
legt koket in haar ogen --kokett in ihre Augen --
weer eens heel haar ziel.ganz ihre Seele.

 Poem S2138
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-25
 The surprise (Belcampo) - 1968
 Story "De surprise" (collection "De ideale dahlia")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 60s and 70s 


So many coffins,

I don't like any of them --


so I am special?


Zoveel doodkisten,So viele Särge,
niet een bevalt er mij, dus --ich mag gar keinen, also --
ben ik bijzonder?bin ich besonders?

 Poem S2139
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-25
 The surprise (Belcampo) - 1968
 Story "De surprise" (collection "De ideale dahlia")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Over 


I step into the

coffin, it's like a canoe --


Let's see if it fits.


Ik stap in de dood-Ich steige mal in
kist zoals in een kano --den Sarg wie in ein Kanu --
Kijken of het past.Würde er passen?

 Poem S2140
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-25
 The surprise (Belcampo) - 1968
 Story "De surprise" (collection "De ideale dahlia")
 Tribute to: Belcampo 
 Collection: Skin-contact 


Grandpa is bony,

his mouth speaks clearly, even --


though he says nothing.


Opa is knokig,Großvaters Mund spricht
zijn mond spreekt duidelijke taal --eine deutliche Sprache --
ook al zegt hij niets.auch wenn er nichts sagt.

 Poem H4536
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-24
 Grandfather (Bart Moeyaert) - 2019
 Poem "Grootvader" (collection "Helium")
 Tribute to: Moeyaert, Bart 
 Collection: Actively Passive 


I flounder, hanging

over grandpa's leg, hello --


super shiny shoes!


Ik hang spartelendIch hänge zappelnd
over opa's been, hallo --über Opas Bein, hallo --
glanzende schoenen!glänzende Schuhe!

 Poem H4537
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-24
 Grandfather (Bart Moeyaert) - 2019
 Poem "Grootvader" (collection "Helium")
 Tribute to: Moeyaert, Bart 
 Collection: Here &Now& 


Flowers wilt, even

if they are out of the sun --


and made of paper.


Bloemen verwelken,Blumen welken, auch
ook als ze uit de zon staan --wenn sie nicht in der Sonne --
en van papier zijn.und aus Papier sind.

 Poem H4538
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-24
 Enough (Bart Moeyaert) - 2019
 Poem "Genoeg" (collection "Helium")
 Tribute to: Moeyaert, Bart 
 Collection: Break 


I count all my friends

and am left with five fingers --


to shake hands with you!


Ik tel mijn vriendenIch zähle meine
en houd vijf vingers over:Freunde: fünf Finger übrig --
ik geef jou een hand!Schüttle mir die Hand!

 Poem H4539
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-24
 A hand (Bart Moeyaert) - 2003
 Poem "Een hand" (collection "Verzamel de liefde")
 Tribute to: Moeyaert, Bart 
 Collection: Skin-contact 


Zywa Homo explorens / Exploring man

Looking back, they read Innocence
and Peace above the gates
that closed on them
but no one knew whether
the exit had an inscription too

I wonder if it could
have been Distress
and Loneliness, no
those were empty words
to them at the time

The desire to know
more, to discover
what existed beyond
the walls, was the unrest
that drove them too

and that swelled into a storm
of progress, a dance
of the Great Time
that destructive power
of acquiring knowledge

 Poem 5428
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-23
 Distress and Loneliness: novel "The Golden House" (2017, Salman Rushdie), chapter (3-) 34: "Your work goes well when your life's going terribly. Is that a rule? Loneliness and Heartbreak: these are the names of the gates of Eden?"
Storm of progress: interpretation by Walter Benjamin (thesis 9 of "Über den Begriff der Geschichte" from 1940) of the painting "Angelus Novus" ("New Angel" / "Young Angel") by Paul Klee, painted in 1920, purchased by Walter Benjamin in 1921
Dance (Nata) of the Great Time (Mahakala): Shiva

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Tribute to: Benjamin, Walter 
 Collection: Migration 


The world is too tight,

would I be too big for it --


or can it still grow?


De wereld zit krap,Die Welt ist zu eng,
zou ik er te groot voor zijn --wäre ich zu groß, oder --
of kan ze groeien?kann sie noch wachsen?

 Poem H4533
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-23
 The wish (Bart Moeyaert) - 2019
 Poem "De wens" (collection "Helium")
 Tribute to: Moeyaert, Bart 
 Collection: Skin-contact 


Progress is the storm

that has risen at the gates --


of Eden's garden.


Vooruitgang: de stormFortschritt ist der Sturm
die opstak aan de poorten --der aufkam vor den Toren --
van het paradijs.des Paradieses.

 Poem H4534
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-23
 On the concept of history (Walter Benjamin) - 1940
 Historical-philosophical theses "Über den Begriff der Geschichte"
Walter Benjamin bought in 1921 the painting "Angelus Novus" ("New Angel" / "Young Angel") by Paul Klee, painted in 1920, about which the 9th thesis is about

 Tribute to: Benjamin, Walter 
 Collection: Germ Substance 


Keep carrying me

till you have to lay me down --


till I let you go.


Omarm me, draag meTrage mich weiter,
tot jij me neer moet leggen --bis du mich ablegen musst --
tot ik jou laat gaan.bis ich loslasse.

 Poem H4535
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-23
 Carry me (Meskerem Mees) - 2023
 Song in the performance "Exit Above" (2023, Anne Teresa Keersmaker)
 Tribute to: Mees, Meskerem 
 Collection: Em Brace 


To reconcile us

I sing appropriate words --


the old well-known song.


Ter verzoening zingZur Versöhnung sing
ik de woorden die passen --ich die passenden Worte --
het bekende lied.das bekannte Lied.

 Poem H4530
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-22
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie)
Bird on the Wire (Leonard Cohen)
- 1968

 Song about Leonard Cohen and Marianne Jensen, 1969 album "Songs from a Room"; 1968 release by Judy Collins (album "Who Knows Where the Time Goes")
Novel "The Golden House" (2017, Salman Rushdie), chapter (3-) 34

 Tribute to: Cohen, Leonard 
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Forgive me, I won't

demand so much anymore --


and then receive more.


Vergeef me, ik zalVerzeih, ich werde
niet meer zoveel verlangen --mir nicht mehr so viel wünschen --
en meer ontvangen.und mehr empfangen.

 Poem H4531
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-22
 Bird on the Wire (Leonard Cohen) - 1968
 Song about Leonard Cohen and Marianne Jensen, 1969 album "Songs from a Room"; 1968 release by Judy Collins (album "Who Knows Where the Time Goes")
 Tribute to: Cohen, Leonard 
 Collection: Known 


The ground beneath her

feet has taken her, the earth --


whose praises I sang.


De grond onder haarDer Boden unter
voeten nam haar, de aarde --ihr nahm sie auf, die Erde --
die ik geroemd heb.deren Lob ich sang.

 Poem H4532
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-22
 The wish (Salman Rushdie) - 1999
 Novel - Orpheus
Song "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" (2000, lyrics Salman Rushdie, music U2, album "All That You Can't Leave Behind")

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


At the big party

the staff leaves with excuses --


The guests are waiting.


Op het feest vertrektMit Ausreden geht
het personeel met smoesjes --das Partypersonal weg --
De gasten wachten.Die Gäste warten.

 Poem S2137
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-22
 The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel) - 1962
 Film "El ángel exterminador" (1962, Luis Buñuel)
Song "Hotel California" (1976, Eagles, album "Hotel California") - "Relax," said the night man, "we are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave."

 Tribute to: Bunuel, Luis 
 Tribute to: Eagles 
 Collection: Local contractions 


The grand Golden Queen:

here and now you can be her --


just by make-believe.


Gouden Koningin:Die Goldkönigin:
jij kunt haar zijn, je laat het --du kannst sie sein, andere --
mensen geloven.lässt du dran glauben.

 Poem S2133
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-21
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (2-) 28
The Golden King: El Rey Dorado / El Dorado

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Contractors follow

the only law that applies:


always keep building.


Aannemers volgenBauunternehmer
de enige wet die geldt:befolgen das Hauptgesetz:
de bouw moet doorgaan.der Bau muss weiter.

 Poem S2134
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-21
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (3-) 31
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The many muzzles

of other people's desires --


snap wildly at us.


De vele muilenDie vielen Mäuler
van andermans begeerte --der Begierde anderer --
happen wild naar ons.schnappen wild nach uns.

 Poem S2135
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-21
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (3-) 30
About Cape Skilla (a.k.a. Akra Kokala) with its dangerous rocky peaks, located near Preveza in Epirus (west coast of Greece), there is the story of the nymph Scylla, who was enchanted into a monster with six dog heads

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Our fantasy way

too often takes us along --


into its whirlpools.


Onze fantasieDie Fantasie nimmt
voert ons maar al te vaak mee --uns leider viel zu oft mit --
in haar draaikolken.in ihre Malströme.

 Poem S2136
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-21
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (3-) 30
About the dangerous strait near Rhion in Greece, between the Gulf of Patras and the Gulf of Corinth, there is the story of the nymph Charybdis ("she who sucks down"), who was enchanted by Zeus into a whirlpool

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


I'm thinking aloud

and looking out the window --


There, the river flows.


Hardop nadenkenEinfach laut denken
en wat uit het raam kijken --und aus dem Fenster schauen --
Buiten stroomt de rivier.Draußen fließt der Fluss.

 Poem H4528
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-20
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (2-) 22
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


On left, there's chaos,

on right, the world seems normal --


together, the truth.


Links zie ik chaos,Links seh ich Chaos,
rechts lijkt alles in orde --rechts scheint alles gut zu sein --
Samen de waarheid.Gemeinsam: Wahrheit.

 Poem H4529
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-20
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (2-) 22
Apu Golden's left eye suffers from wet age-related macular degeneration

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Please forget the facts,

they belong to the elite --


which is suspicious.


Vergeet de feiten,Vergiss Fakten, die
ze zijn van de elite --gehören zur Elite --
en die is verdacht.die verdächtig ist.

 Poem S2130
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-20
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (2-) 22
This is a post-factual time

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Such a great evening

it was, unfortunately --


it wasn't today's though.


Een geweldigeEin toller Abend
avond was het, maar helaas --schon, aber leider war es --
niet die van vandaag.nicht der heutige.

 Poem S2131
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-20
 No More Ladies - 1935
 Beatrice Faber adapted the stage play "No More Ladies" for the newspaper (June 20th, 1935, in "The Bedford Times" [Iowa]) - She dropped a kiss on Fanny's forehead. "Good night sweet. If you see Sherry tell him I had a lovely evening, but this wasn't it."
 Collection: After the festivities 


The single greatest

economic power is --


bribeandcorruption.


De allergrootsteDie allergrößte
economische kracht is --wirtschaftliche Kraft ist die --
smeergeldomkoping.Schmiergeldbestechung.

 Poem S2132
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-20
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (2-) 23
Baksheesh = Gift, Tip >> "briberyandcorruption"

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Zywa Only photos

The same black and white photo
of you in yellow-green
only shows a shadow
of you, even more shadowy
than photos are

and nowhere can I go
to touch your warm skin
to feel your breath
to hear your breath
speak and to kiss it

Our love
in your glance
only in photos
and they too will
no longer be there after me

 Poem 5423
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-19
 Collection: Local contractions 


Zywa In the cup of my thoughts

Not yet
my raincoat on
taking step after step

against the wind
across the empty beach
only in thoughts

alone in the world
with a cup of tea
in the cup of my hands

Hazy gray dune, goosebumps
over the sand, whitecaps
on the low clouds

and not a beast to be seen
this afternoon, meditating
in front of the window

going up in the mist soon
without disappearing
Not yet

 Poem 5425
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-19
 Dedicated to: Yuk Lin M 
 Collection: WoofWoof 


Beady eyes, his beard

jutting out: he is steadfast --


So go around him.


Kraalogen, zijn baardPerlenaugen, Bart
vooruit: hij is standvastig --ragt nach vorn: er ist standhaft --
Je moet om hem heen.Geh um ihn herum.

 Poem H4524
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-18
 Collection: Metamorphic body 


Ten finger hammers

are trying what they can do --


and they get amazed.


Tien vingerhamersZehn Fingerhämmer
beproeven wat ze kunnen --erproben, was sie können --
en verbazen zich.und sie sind erstaunt.

 Poem H4525
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-18
 Prelude, Toccata and Scherzo (Pierre Boulez) - 1944
 Composition "[Prélude, Toccata et] Scherzo" for piano ("Opus 0"), performed by Ralph van Raat in the Organpark on February 18th, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The underwater

organ takes a breath, gurgles --


and splutters out tones.


Het onderwater-Die Unterwasser-
orgel hapt adem, gorgelt --orgel schnappt nach Luft, gurgelt --
en proest tonen uit.und prustet Töne.

 Poem H4526
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-18
 Sonate 2 (Jean-Pierre Leguay) - 1983
 Composition "2me Sonate" for organ, performed by Jean-Luc Etienne in the Organpark on February 18th, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Singing in my head

as I drown, I hear echoes --


of water echoes.


Terwijl ik verdrinkIch ertrinke, in
zingen in mijn hoofd echo's --meinem Kopf singen Echos --
van waterecho's.von Wasserechos.

 Poem H4527
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-18
 Sonate 2 (Jean-Pierre Leguay) - 1983
 Composition "2me Sonate" for organ, performed by Jean-Luc Etienne in the Organpark on February 18th, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


They are just shouting

back and forth, then continue --


mumbling to themselves.


Ze roepen maar watSie rufen einfach
over en weer, mompelen --was hin und her, murmeln dann --
verder in zichzelf.weiter vor sich hin.

 Poem S2129
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-18
 Sonate 2 (Claude Ballif) - 1956
 Composition "2me Sonate" pour orgue, "Ce beau poisson d'amour qu'est Jésus mon sauveur" ("2nd Sonata" for organ, "This beautiful fish of love that is Jesus my saviour", performed by Jean-Luc Etienne in the Organpark on February 18th, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Zywa Living on grounds, streets, and quays

The big money rolls outside
the city centre
within the canal district
permits are skimming it

Modern is demolished
or banned, cars
colossi and rush food
for selfie tourists

There are gardens in the water
and on the roofs of the boats
the hollyhocks on the facades
have multiplied exotically

Archaeologists of our own time
sample the exposed sand
between the foundations
for the future

 Poem 5419
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-18
 Collection: Metamorphic body 


Human intellect

is the natural basis --


of all righteousness.


Het menselijkeMenschlicher Verstand
verstand is het fundament --ist der natürliche Grund --
van deugdzaam gedrag.der Rechtschaffenheit.

 Poem H4522
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-16
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (2-) 16
Synderesis: general moral sense of persons (the rational soul); originally an incorrect copy of the word syneidesis (conscience)

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


In the big city,

one person's ceiling is an-


other person's floor.


In de grote stadIn Städten ist die
is het plafond van de een --Decke des einen Boden --
vloer voor een ander.eines anderen.

 Poem H4523
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-16
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (2-) 21
"Nani gigantum humeris insidentes" ("Dwarfs perched on the shoulders of giants"), Bernard van Chartres, early 12th century, among others, quoted by Isaac Newton

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


We humans write down

our happiness in white ink --


on sheets just as white.


Mensen noterenDie Menschen schreiben
hun geluk met witte inkt --ihr Glück mit weißer Tinte --
op spierwit papier.auf weißem Papier.

 Poem H4520
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-15
 Death walking the sidewalk (Don Juan) (Henry de Montherlant) - 1956
 Theatre play "La Mort qui fait le trottoir (Don Juan)" ("Death walking the sidewalk (Don Juan)"), quoted in the novel "The Golden House" (2017, Salman Rushdie), chapter (1-) 8
 Tribute to: De Montherlant, Henry 
 Collection: Finethreads 


You cry in your sleep,

that is a side of yourself --


that you don't know yet.


Jij huilt in je slaap,Du weinst im Schlaf, das
dat is een kant van jezelf --ist eine Seite von dir --
die je nog niet kent.die du noch nicht kennst.

 Poem H4521
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-15
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (1-) 12
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Sell your cleverness

for the messy confusion --


of wisdom of life.


Durf je schranderheidTausche bloß deine
te ruilen voor de warboel --Klugheit für die Verwirrung --
van levenswijsheid.der Lebensweisheit.

 Poem H4519
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-14
 Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment (Mohamed Rumi) - 1250
 Doubled verse, from: Masnavi (Doubled verses), book IV, story 2
 Tribute to: Rumi, Mohamed 
 Collection: Thinkles Lusionless 


The gold is shining

more and more, and so brightly --


that it catches fire.


Het goud gaf steeds meerDas Gold glänzt immer
licht en ging zo fel blinken --mehr und es leuchtet so hell --
dat het vlam vatte.dass es Feuer fängt.

 Poem S2126
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-14
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapters (1-) 6 and (2-) 29
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


A golden story

is not forged of sparkling truth --


It shines with deceit.


Een gouden verhaalNicht mit Wahrheit glänzt
is niet gesmeed van waarheid --die goldene Geschichte --
Het blinkt van bedrog.sondern mit Betrug.

 Poem S2127
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-14
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapters (1-) 6 and (2-) 23
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The palace houses

parties, madness, betrayal --


Still it does remain.


Het paleis huisvestIm Palast wohnen
feesten, waanzin en verraad --Feier, Wahnsinn und Verrat --
Toch blijft het bestaan.Dennoch besteht es.

 Poem S2128
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-14
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (1-) 6
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Life always goes on,

even if, right next to us --


the heavens crash down.


Het leven gaat door,Wir müssen leben,
ook al vallen de hemels --auch wenn die Himmel um uns --
naast ons in stukken.herum abstürzen.

 Poem H4518
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-13
 Lady Chatterley's lover (David Lawrence) - 1928
 Novel (chapter 1)
 Tribute to: Lawrence, David 
 Collection: Stall 


The Golden House, all

golden houses are beliefs --


in an illusion.


Het Gouden Huis, elkDas Goldene Haus,
gouden huis is een geloof --jedes, ist ein Glaube an --
in een illusie.eine Illusion.

 Poem S2125
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-13
 The Golden House (Salman Rushdie) - 2017
 Novel, chapter (1-) 2
Domus Aurea (Golden House) of emperor Nero in Rome

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


I'm losing myself,

to go back, go back to you --


in your arms again.


Mezelf verliezen,Mich zu verlieren,
en terug, terug naar jou --und zurück, zurück zu dir --
weer in jouw armen.in deine Arme.

 Poem S2124
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-12
 Going back, going back (Fernando Maldonado) - 1972
 Song "Volver, volver", among others, sung by Harry Dean Stanton in the film "Lucky" (2017, John Carroll Lynch)
Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017)

 Tribute to: Maldonado, Fernando 
 Tribute to: Stanton, Harry Dean 
 Collection: Inwardings 


The notes torn apart:

for a few bars warily --


connected again.


De van elkaar los-Die auseinander-
gescheurde noten: een paar --gerissenen Noten: kurz --
tellen aan elkaar.zusammengesteckt.

 Poem H4513
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-11
 The Rupture Exists (Cat Hope) - 2020
 Composition for six instruments and subtone, performed by ensemble MAZE in the Organpark on February 11th, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


I exhale freely

and I press my lungs empty --


into organ pipes.


Vrij adem ik uitIch atme frei aus,
en pers ik mijn longen leeg --drücke meine Lungen leer --
in orgelpijpen.in Orgelpfeifen.

 Poem H4514
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-11
 Kaps Freed (Cat Hope) - 2017
 Composition for piano and live electronics, performed on organ by Reinier van Houdt in the Organpark on February 11th, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


I am in the midst

of relaxed activities --


Here's the good living.


Ik sta middeninIch bin mitten in
ontspannen bezigheden --entspannten Tätigkeiten --
Het goede leven.Das gute Leben.

 Poem H4515
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-11
 Variations III (John Cage) - 1962
 Composition, performed by ensemble MAZE in the Organpark on February 11th, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


I lick everything

and I still can't make a choice --


what I feel like now.


Ik lik aan allesIch lecke alles
en nog kan ik niet kiezen --und doch kann ich nicht wählen --
waar ik zin in heb.worauf ich Lust hab.

 Poem H4516
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-11
 The Low Tone Orchestra: 9 Options (Cat Hope) - 2022
 Composition, performed by ensemble MAZE in the Organpark on February 11th, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


There are mists haunting

over the swampy heathland --


I don't dare go home.


Er spoken nevelsNebel über dem
boven het zompige veld --matschigen Feld, ich fürchte --
Ik durf niet naar huis.mich, heim zu gehen.

 Poem H4517
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-11
 Part 6 (Alison Isadora) - 2013
 Composition, performed by ensemble MAZE in the Organpark on February 11th, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The sense of human

suffering is awareness:


global attention.


Het bewustzijn datDas Bewusstsein, dass
mensen lijden is aandacht --Menschen leiden, ist Andacht --
die alles omvat.die alles umfasst.

 Poem H4509
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-10
 Diffractive Reading (Bill Mullaney) - 2024
 "Diffractive Reading" by Bill Mullaney: reading of the twelve cards designed by him after Pauline Oliveros' "Wind Horse Mandala", in the Organpark on February 10th, 2024 - The two cards laid are: attention and awareness
 Collection: anp 


When this or that wind

blows, everyone goes crazy --


so it is allowed.


Als deze of dieWenn dieser oder
wind waait wordt iedereen gek --jener Wind weht, dreht man durch --
en dan mag het dus.und ist das erlaubt.

 Poem H4510
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-10
 Wind Horse (Pauline Oliveros) - 1962
 Spoken text in the composition "Wind Horse" for "Deep Listening" with the aspects of the Wind Horse Mandala: Pitch/Sound, Softer/Louder, Match/Differ, Metrical/Organic rhythm, Inner/Outer, Metaphor/Story), performed in the Organpark on February 10th, 2024, by Gareth Davis with ensemble MAZE
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


With dry pods and bags

filled with granules we're rising --


little whirls of wind.


Met dorre peulenMit trocknen Schoten
en zandzakjes steken we --und Kornsäcken zeugen wir --
warrelwindjes op.kleine Windwirbel.

 Poem H4511
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-10
 Wind Horse - 2 (Pauline Oliveros) - 1962
 "Deep Listening"
Composition "Wind Horse - 2", performed in the Organpark on February 10th, 2024, by ensemble MAZE, with participation of the audience

 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Listening seance:

rubbing hands, clicking tongues, and --


loud shuffling of shoes.


Luisterseance:Die Hör-Séance:
handenwrijven, tongklakken --Händereiben, Zungschnalzen --
en luid geschuifel.und lautes Schlurfen.

 Poem H4512
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-10
 Wind Horse - 2 (Pauline Oliveros) - 1962
 "Deep Listening"
Composition "Wind Horse - 2", performed in the Organpark on February 10th, 2024, by ensemble MAZE, with participation of the audience

 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


We lay listening

cards, blabla keywords, blabla --


our associations.


We leggen kaarten,Wir legen Karten,
blabla trefwoorden, blabla --Blabla Stichwörter, Blabla --
de associaties.Assoziationen.

 Poem S2122
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-10
 Diffractive Reading (Bill Mullaney) - 2024
 "Diffractive Reading" by Bill Mullaney: reading of the twelve cards designed by him after Pauline Oliveros' "Wind Horse Mandala", in the Organpark on February 10th, 2024
 Collection: anp 


While talking, we find

in our circular thoughts what --


we already knew.


Al pratend vindenWir reden, finden
we in cirkelgedachten --in unsren Kreisgedanken --
wat we al wisten.was wir schon wussten.

 Poem S2123
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-10
 Diffractive Reading (Bill Mullaney) - 2024
 "Diffractive Reading" by Bill Mullaney: reading of the twelve cards designed by him after Pauline Oliveros' "Wind Horse Mandala", in the Organpark on February 10th, 2024
 Collection: anp 


I don't want it yet,

not to go home already --


please, can I clean up?


Ik wil het nog niet,Ich will es noch nicht,
niet al naar huis, alsjeblieft --noch nicht nach Hause, bitte --
mag ik opruimen?kann ich aufräumen?

 Poem H4505
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-09
 Why the wind is so angry (Ed Leeflang) - 1982
 Poem "Waarom de wind zo boos is" (collection "Op Pennewips plek")
Community for young people with an intellectual disability

 Tribute to: Leeflang, Ed 
 Collection: Stall 


Princes, princesses,

like everyone, each of us --


is an honoured guest.


Prinsen, prinsessen,Prinz und Prinzessin,
net als alle anderen --genau wie die anderen --
zijn wij hier te gast.sind wir hier Gäste.

 Poem H4506
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-09
 He is a prince, he wants no subjects (Ed Leeflang) - 1982
 Poem "Hij is een prins, hij wil geen onderdanen" (collection "Op Pennewips plek")
Community for young people with an intellectual disability

 Tribute to: Leeflang, Ed 
 Collection: On the fly 


People are laughing,

maybe about me, about --


something I didn't say?


Er wordt gelachen,Die Leute lachen,
misschien om mij, om iets dat --worüber? Etwas, das ich --
ik niet heb gezegd?nicht gesagt habe?

 Poem H4507
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-09
 All around him they are (Ed Leeflang) - 1982
 Poem "Overal om hem heen zijn ze" (collection "Op Pennewips plek")
Community for young people with an intellectual disability

 Tribute to: Leeflang, Ed 
 Collection: On the fly 


I explore the ship.

It's rusting, beware, the threat --


of poetry here!


Ik verken het schipSchau, ich erkunde
dat een bonk roest is, pas op --das rostige Schiff, Vorsicht --
hier dreigt poëzie!hier droht Poesie!

 Poem H4508
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-09
 Visit to the freighter (Ed Leeflang) - 1984
 Poem "Bezoek aan het vrachtschip" (collection "Bezoek aan het vrachtschip")
 Tribute to: Leeflang, Ed 
 Collection: A profession 


The photo, you don't

take it yet, you wait until --


the background is right.


Je maakt de fotoDu machst das Foto
nog niet, je blijft wachten tot --noch nicht, wartest einfach bis --
de achtergrond klopt.der Hintergrund stimmt.

 Poem S2120
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-09
 The photo (Ed Leeflang) - 1985
 Poem "De foto", from the collections "Bezoek aan het vrachtschip" (1985) and "Late zwemmer" (1992)
For Renate Rubinstein

 Tribute to: Leeflang, Ed 
 Collection: Willegos 


The citizens talk

down the lime trees: they're dripping --


honey every year.


De burgers pratenDie Bürger reden
de linden om: ze druipen --die Linden um: sie tropfen --
elk jaar weer honing.jedes Jahr Honig.

 Poem S2121
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-09
 The conditions (Ed Leeflang) - 1991
 Poem "De voorwaarden" (collection "Begroeyt met pluimen")
City dwellers demand nature without inconveniences

 Tribute to: Leeflang, Ed 
 Collection: Willegos 


That's sheep John, Rita's

husband is also called that --


Weird for a person!


Dat is schaap Hans, ookDas ist Schaf Hans, auch
Rita's man heet zo, heel gek --Ritas Mann heißt so, bizarr --
is dat voor een mens!für einen Menschen!

 Poem H4503
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-08
 Living with Lidewij (Bert Natter) - 2022
 Biographical account "Leven met Lidewij"
 Tribute to: Natter, Bert 
 Collection: Appearances 


Outside the village,

we let the local bus pass --


the stop, our club house.


Net buiten het dorpManchmal fährt ein Bus
komt er soms een streekbus langs --am Wartehäuschen vorbei --
het bushok, ons honk.unserem Klubhaus.

 Poem H4504
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-08
 Speedy J - Bus stop (Ine Boermans) - 2024
 Column "Speedy J - Bushalte" in the VPRO broadcasting-guide (2024 #6)
Wezup

 Tribute to: Boermans, Ine 
 Collection: Shelter 


You still live in your

body, yet I no longer --


find you at home there.


Jouw oude lichaamDu bewohnst immer
bewoon je nog, en toch tref --noch deinen Körper, dennoch --
ik je niet meer thuis.bist du nicht mehr da.

 Poem S2118
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-08
 Nurse (Ed Leeflang) - 1981
 Poem "Oppas" (collection "Bewoond als ik ben")
 Tribute to: Leeflang, Ed 
 Collection: MistI 


She calls a street street,

but does not know bridges, and --


does not know dead ends.


Zij noemt straten straat,Straße, das kennt sie,
maar kent geen brug, en kent geen --aber Brücke kennt sie nicht --
doodlopende weg.Sackgasse auch nicht.

 Poem S2119
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-08
 A green linen closet - 15 (Ed Leeflang) - 1981
 Poem "Een groene linnenkast" - 15 (collection "Bewoond als ik ben")
Brain damage or dementia

 Tribute to: Leeflang, Ed 
 Collection: MistI 


Welcome the goddess,

embrace the course of your life --


go hand in hand, dance!


Begroet de godin,Grüße die Göttin,
omarm je leven en geef --umarme dein Leben, geh --
elkaar een hand. Dans!Hand in Hand. Tanze!

 Poem H4502
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-07
 A Story of A Goddess (Hashem Kabreet) - 2022
 Composition for handpan
 Tribute to: Kabreet, Hashem 
 Collection: WoofWoof 


I clean up, you don't

feel like it, so you too are --


now dissatisfied.


Ik ruim op, voor jouIch räume auf, du
hoeft het niet, dus ook jij bent --willst nicht, also bist auch du --
nu ontevreden.jetzt unzufrieden.

 Poem S2115
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-07
 Collection: Freend 


I want it to change,

I want to feel good again --


What is wrong with me?


Ik wil het anders,Es muss sich ändern,
ik wil me weer goed voelen --ich möchte mich gut fühlen --
Wat is er met mij?Was ist mit mir los?

 Poem S2116
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-07
 Collection: Pending rain 


We don't understand

each other. What do you feel?


What am I telling?


Ik begrijp jou niet,Wir verstehen uns
en jij mij niet. Wat voel je?nicht. Was fühlst du? Verstehst du --
Snap je wat ik zeg?was ich dir sage?

 Poem S2117
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-07
 Communication: from your relationship with a toddler to the relationship with your life partner
 Collection: Half The Work 


I don't write for or

about you, I mention you --


and that's it, that's all.


Ik schrijf niet voor jou,Nein, ich schreibe nicht
noch over jou, ik noem je --über dich, ich nenne dich --
en dat is alles.und das ist alles.

 Poem H4499
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-06
 Penguins - 1 / A green linen closet - 1 (Ed Leeflang) - 1979
 Poem "Pinguïns" - 1 / "Een groene linnenkast" - 1 (published in Tirade (volume 23, number 251, December 1979) and in the collection "Bewoond als ik ben")
Not objectifying people

 Tribute to: Leeflang, Ed 
 Collection: WriteWiser signage 


We're lucky living

in a fairytale in which --


the dragon slumbers.


Wij hebben geluk,Wie glücklich wir sind,
we leven in een sprookje --im Märchen zu leben, in --
waarin de draak slaapt.dem der Drache schläft.

 Poem H4500
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-06
 The child - 1 (Ed Leeflang) - 1979
 Poem "Het kind" - 1 (collection "De hazen en andere gedichten")
Years of peace

 Tribute to: Leeflang, Ed 
 Collection: Chance 


The vague liquid pain

that you can't point out at all --


must be sad feelings.


De vloeibare pijnDer flüssige Schmerz,
die je niet aan kunt wijzen --den man nicht anweisen kann --
moet wel verdriet zijn.muss Traurigkeit sein.

 Poem H4501
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-06
 A green linen closet - 16 (Ed Leeflang) - 1981
 Poem "Een groene linnenkast" - 16 (collection "Bewoond als ik ben")
 Tribute to: Leeflang, Ed 
 Collection: MistI 


In bloom or withered,

the many buds of my youth --


are gone forever.


In bloei of verdord,Erblüht oder dürr,
de bloemknoppen van mijn jeugd --die Knospen meiner Jugend --
zijn allemaal weg.alle verschwunden.

 Poem H4496
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-05
 Collection: The Yellow House Museum 


When she goes to sleep

she babbles about today's --


experiences.


Bij het slapen gaanAls sie schlafen geht,
brabbelt ze over de dag --plappert sie über heute --
wat ze beleefd heeft.was sie erlebt hat.

 Poem H4497
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-05
 Narratives from the Crib (Katherine Nelson) - 2006
 Study - Children of two years old
 Tribute to: Nelson, Katherine 
 Collection: Being my own museum 


Daddy, can we leave?

Do you know what's for dinner?


Can I choose it, please?


Pap, wanneer gaan we?Papa, gehen wir?
Weet je al wat we eten?Weißt du schon, was wir essen?
Mag ik het kiezen?Kann ich es wählen?

 Poem H4498
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-05
 Living with Lidewij (Bert Natter) - 2022
 Biographical account "Leven met Lidewij"
 Tribute to: Natter, Bert 
 Collection: On the fly 


We send each other

nice images of ourselves:


"This isn't me", is it?


We sturen elkaarWir schicken wunder-
mooie beelden van onszelf:schöne Bilder von uns selbst:
"Dit ben ik", nietwaar?"Dies bin ich", oder?

 Poem S2113
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-05
 The Treachery of Images (René Magritte) - 1929
 Painting "La trahison des images" - "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This Is Not a Pipe")
 Tribute to: Magritte, Rene 
 Collection: I am 


What makes us happy?

And with which pacifiers --


are we just fobbed off?


Waar zijn we blij mee?Was macht uns glücklich?
En wat zijn de fopspenen --Was sind dabei die Schnuller --
die ons zoethouden?die uns hinhalten?

 Poem S2114
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-05
 The scorned child (Guus Kuijer) - 1980
 Book "Het geminachte kind"
 Tribute to: Kuijer, Guus 
 Collection: Known 


Next to what was once

the farmyard, a kitchen chair --


in the tall wild grass.


Opzij van wat ooitNeben dem, was einst
het erf was, een keukenstoel --der Hof war, ein Küchenstuhl --
in het hoge gras.im hohen Kammgras.

 Poem H4493
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-04
 Starlings - 4 (Hans Tentije) - 2023
 Poem "Spreeuwen" - 4 (Poëziekrant 2024-1)
 Tribute to: Tentije, Hans 
 Collection: Over 


Bodies keep going,

keep seeking a pleasant life --


whatever happens.


Lichamen, zoekendKörper, suchend nach
naar een aangenaam leven --einem bequemen Leben --
wat er ook gebeurt.egal was passiert.

 Poem H4494
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-04
 Collection: Migration 


Bodies, looking for

pleasure and fun in the world --


of competitors.


Lichamen, zoekendJeder Körper sucht
naar genot in de wereld --nach Vergnügen in der Welt --
van concurrenten.der Konkurrenten.

 Poem H4495
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-04
 Collection: The drama 


Ship's horn, the Morse

signals are getting closer --


vibrating in me.


Scheepshoorn, de morse-Schiffshorn, die Morse-
tekens komen dichterbij --Signale kommen näher --
trillen in mij na.vibrieren in mir.

 Poem H4482
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Shade/Gradient (Catherine Lamb) - 2023
 Composition, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by Elisabeth Smalt (violin and voice) and Lucie Nezri (electronics with organ)
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Pulling slowly, I

sing my sensitive skin out --


of the sticky shade.


Voorzichtig trekkendVorsichtig ziehe
zing ik mijn tere huid los --ich meine zarte Haut los --
uit de kleefschaduw.aus dem Klebschatten.

 Poem H4483
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Degrees of Transparency (Gabriel Paluk) - 2024
 Composition for piano and soundtrack on seven loudspeakers, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by Gabriel Paluk
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


While the builder builds

in the piano workshop --


the tuner's tuning.


Terwijl de bouwerWährend der Bauer
in de pianowerkplaats --in der Klavierwerkstatt baut --
bouwt, stemt de stemmer.stimmt der Abstimmer.

 Poem H4484
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Degrees of Transparency (Gabriel Paluk) - 2024
 Composition for piano and soundtrack on seven loudspeakers, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by Gabriel Paluk
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


I wake up, well, where

am I? Is this an ocean --


of sleeping silence?


Ik word wakker, waarIch wache auf, wo
ben ik? In een oceaan --denn? In einem Ozean --
van slapend zwijgen?schlafendes Schweigens?

 Poem H4485
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Occam ocean (Éliane Radigue) - 2015
 Personal transmission-composition for orchestra, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by ensemble ONCEIM (L'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations, et Improvisations Musicales) and others - @cello
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


My first thoughts: it's day,

time to get up, and then what?


What is there? to do?


Eerste gedachten:Erste Gedanken:
het is dag, opstaan, en dan?es ist Tag, aufstehen, und?
Wat is er? te doen?Was gibt es? zu tun?

 Poem H4486
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Occam ocean (Éliane Radigue) - 2015
 Personal transmission-composition for orchestra, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by ensemble ONCEIM (L'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations, et Improvisations Musicales) and others - @percussion
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Something is at hand,

so I better find a way --


out of my slumber.


Er is iets op komst,Was ist im Anzug?
ik moet zien te ontsnappen --Ich muss davon, entkommen --
aan mijn sluimering.an meinem Schlummer.

 Poem H4487
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Occam ocean (Éliane Radigue) - 2015
 Personal transmission-composition for orchestra, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by ensemble ONCEIM (L'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations, et Improvisations Musicales) and others - @strings
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


I am just floating

around and almost ready --


to wake up slowly.


Ik drijf maar wat rondIch schwebe einfach
en ben er bijna aan toe --herum und bin fast bereit --
om wakker te zijn.um aufzuwachen.

 Poem H4488
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Occam ocean (Éliane Radigue) - 2015
 Personal transmission-composition for orchestra, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by ensemble ONCEIM (L'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations, et Improvisations Musicales) and others - @wind section
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The sky is clear blue,

the day is new, I am free --


from expectations.


De lucht is helder,De Himmel ist klar,
de dag is nieuw, ik ben vrij --der Tag ist neu, ich bin frei --
van verwachtingen.von Erwartungen.

 Poem H4489
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Occam ocean (Éliane Radigue) - 2015
 Personal transmission-composition for orchestra, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by ensemble ONCEIM (L'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations, et Improvisations Musicales) and others - @percussion, @brass section
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Dawn: the world takes on

colours, becomes lifelike, but --


remains elusive.


Ochtend: de wereldMorgen: die Welt färbt
krijgt kleur en wordt levensecht --sich und wird lebensecht, bleibt --
maar blijft ongrijpbaar.aber ungreifbar.

 Poem H4490
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Occam ocean (Éliane Radigue) - 2015
 Personal transmission-composition for orchestra, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by ensemble ONCEIM (L'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations, et Improvisations Musicales) and others - @orchestra
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The slowed down breathing

of the towering water --


walls of the ocean.


Vertraagd ademenVerzögert atmen
de hoge watermuren --die hohen Wasserwände --
van de oceaan.der Meeresmasse.

 Poem H4491
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Occam ocean (Éliane Radigue) - 2015
 Personal transmission-composition for orchestra, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by ensemble ONCEIM (L'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations, et Improvisations Musicales) and others - @orchestra
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Seawater gently

rinses the washed grains of sand --


No flood to be seen.


Het zeewater spoeltDas Meer spült über
over het gewassen zand --den gewaschenen Sandstrand --
Geen vloed meer te zien.Die Flut verschwunden.

 Poem H4492
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Occam ocean (Éliane Radigue) - 2015
 Personal transmission-composition for orchestra, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by ensemble ONCEIM (L'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations, et Improvisations Musicales) and others - @orchestra
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


I am wide awake,

I know, shall I get up then --


and be bored today?


Ik ben klaarwakker,Ich weiß, ich bin hell-
ik weet het, zal ik opstaan --wach, werde ich aufstehen --
en me vervelen?und mich langweilen?

 Poem S2112
 Amsterdam, 2024-02-03
 Occam ocean (Éliane Radigue) - 2015
 Personal transmission-composition for orchestra, performed in the Organpark on February 3rd, 2024, by ensemble ONCEIM (L'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations, et Improvisations Musicales) and others - @wind section, @percussion
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Afterwards it is

only vague what it was like:


a passion, a pain.


Achteraf weet jeHinterher weiß man
maar vaag hoe het was: hartstocht --nur noch vage, wie es war:
en pijn bijvoorbeeld.Leidenschaft, Schmerzen.

 Poem H4480
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-30
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef) - 2003
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 8-1
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: Over 


Sex is a species

behaviour, only love can --


make it personal.


Seks is soortgedrag,Sex ist Spezies-
pas met liefde eromheen --Verhalten, nur mit Liebe --
wordt het persoonlijk.wird es persönlich.

 Poem H4481
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-30
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef) - 2003
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 8-2
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 0s 


A country without

music, with residents who --


think they are happy.


Land zonder muziek,Land ohne Musik,
met inwoners die denken --mit Einwohnern, die glauben --
gelukkig te zijn.dass sie glücklich sind.

 Poem S2111
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-30
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef) - 2003
 Having to live gravely and modestly according to the rules of faith
Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 7-3

 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: Rasping ants 


A cow is a cow,

anywhere in the world she --


looks at you deeply.


Een koe is een koe,Kühe sind Kühe,
waar ook ter wereld kijkt ze --überall betrachten sie --
je diepzinnig aan.dich sehr tiefsinnig.

 Poem H4475
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-29
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef) - 2003
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 5-1
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: SoulSenseSun 


The evening twilight.

Tipping up, I see the white --


scuts of the rabbits.


In de schemeringIn der Dämmerung
wippen de witte pluimen --wippen die weißen Blumen --
van de konijnen.der Kaninchen auf.

 Poem H4476
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-29
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef) - 2003
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 6-2
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: SoulSenseSun 


The black hole in time,

the accident, will be filled --


with my memories.


Het gat in de tijd,Das Loch in der Zeit,
het ongeluk, raakt gevuld --der Unfall, wird gefüllt mit --
met ons verleden.Erinnerungen.

 Poem H4477
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-29
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef) - 2003
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 6-4
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: Being my own museum 


Interiors are

also the exteriors --


of the residents.


Een interieurEin Interieur
is ook het exterieur --ist auch das Exterieur --
van de bewoner.seines Bewohners.

 Poem H4478
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-29
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef) - 2003
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 6-7
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: Being my own museum 


It has made me sad

that I cannot remember --


my dream about her.


Ik ben verdrietig,Es macht mich traurig,
mijn mooie droom over haar --ich habe den schönen Traum --
ben ik vergeten.von ihr vergessen.

 Poem H4479
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-29
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef) - 2003
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 7-2
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: Moist glow 


With the fishing boat:

silhouettes of many birds --


The killer squadron.


Bij de vissersboot:Mit dem Fischerboot:
de vogelsilhouetten --die Vogelsilhouetten --
Het doodseskader.Das Todesschwadron.

 Poem H4474
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-28
 Leviathan (Paravel and Castaing-Taylor) - 2012
 Documentary
 Tribute to: Paravel, Véréna 
 Tribute to: Castaing-Taylor, Lucien 
 Collection: BloodTrunk 


There's a lot of blood

spurting out of the trawler --


Murder of the sea.


Er spuit bloed, veel bloedDa spritzt Blut, viel Blut
opzij uit de vissersboot --seitlich aus dem Fischerboot --
De zee wordt vermoord.Ermordung des Meers.

 Poem S2110
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-28
 Leviathan (Paravel and Castaing-Taylor) - 2012
 Documentary
 Tribute to: Paravel, Véréna 
 Tribute to: Castaing-Taylor, Lucien 
 Collection: BloodTrunk 


In the palaces,

it was normal at the time:


graceful seriousness.


In de paleizenIn den Palästen
was het toentertijd normaal:war es damals ganz normal:
de sierlijke ernst.anmutiger Ernst.

 Poem H4470
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-27
 The Grand Duke's Ball (Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck) - 1590
 Composition for organ (or harpsichord), SwWV 319, on the theme of "Ballo del granduca" (1590, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck), performed on January 27th, 2024 by recorder ensemble The Royal Wind Music in the Organpark (arrangement Hester Groenleer)
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Behind the curtain

of his music he dances:


the master flautist.


Achter de schermenHinter dem Vorhang
van zijn muziek danst hij zelf:seiner Musik tanzt er selbst:
de meesterfluitist.der Meisterflötist.

 Poem H4471
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-27
 The Grand Duke's Ball (Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck) - 1590
 From Orpheus's lyre to the flutes of the organ
Composition for organ (or harpsichord), SwWV 319, on the theme of "Ballo del granduca" (1590, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck), performed on January 27th, 2024 by recorder ensemble The Royal Wind Music in the Organpark (arrangement Hester Groenleer)

 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Our breath blows over

the edge into a mouth hole --


of the wood body.


Onze adem blaastUnser Atem bläst
in een van de mondgaten --in eines der Mundlöcher --
van het houtlichaam.des Laubholzkörpers.

 Poem H4472
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-27
 Chain Reaction (improvisationk) - 2024
 Recorder ensemble The Royal Wind Music in the Organpark on January 27th, 2024
 Collection: anp 


The wooden organ:

dancing and singing into --


our hearts on its toes.


Het houten orgelDie Holzorgel tanzt
danst zingend op zijn tenen --singend auf Zehenspitzen --
onze harten in.in unsre Herzen.

 Poem H4473
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-27
 Fantasia (Fuga 7. Toni) (Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck) - 1580
 Composition for organ (or harpsichord), SwWV 268, 1580, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck), performed on January 27th, 2024 by recorder ensemble The Royal Wind Music in the Organpark (arrangement Hester Groenleer)
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Will it remain to

be a mystery, why we --


do or not do things?


Blijft het een raadselWird es ein Rätsel
waarom we in de wereld --bleiben, warum wir etwas --
iets doen of niet doen?tun oder nicht tun?

 Poem H4463
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-26
 Collection: The drama 


People prefer light

furniture, disposables --


when they move again.


De mensen willenDie Menschen wünschen
lichte meubels, wegwerpspul --sich leichte Wegwerfmöbel --
voor het verhuizen.für die Umzüge.

 Poem H4464
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-26
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef)
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 1-3
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: On the fly 


Please be sensible!

If all the girls are gorgeous,


let someone else drive.


Wees toch verstandig!Sei doch vernünftig!
Als alle meisjes mooi zijn,Wenn alle Mädchen schön sind,
laat je dan rijden.lass dich dann fahren.

 Poem H4465
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-26
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef)
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 1-4 and § 6-6
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: Moist glow 


The holiday guests

stay away, I imagine --


a quite poor reason.


De vaste gastenDie Sommergäste
blijven weg, ik fantaseer --bleiben weg, ich bedenke --
een slechte reden.einen schlechten Grund.

 Poem H4466
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-26
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef)
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 1-10
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: Unseen 


At the junk dealer,

of course, I write life stories --


of the furniture.


Bij de opkoperKlar, beim Aufkäufer
schrijf ik levensverhalen --schreib ich Lebensgeschichten --
van de inboedels.des Mobiliars.

 Poem H4467
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-26
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef)
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 2-2
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: Being my own museum 


The empty vest sleeves,

tied together in a bow --


are limp and helpless.


De lege mouwen:Die leeren Ärmel,
in een strik samengeknoopt --zu einer Schleife verknüpft --
slap en hulpeloos.sind schlaff und hilflos.

 Poem H4468
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-26
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef)
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 2-4
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: Em Brace 


The thin diary

contains advice and questions --


to the deaf old man.


Het dagboek bestaatDas Tagebüchlein
uit adviezen en vragen --besteht aus Rat und Fragen --
aan de dove man.an den tauben Mann.

 Poem H4469
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-26
 Outside, it's Monday (J. Bernlef)
 Novel "Buiten is het maandag", § 3-3
 Tribute to: Bernlef, J. 
 Collection: Here &Now& 


I meet my neighbours,

only now, in the dark with --


handfuls of candles.


Pas in het donkerErst jetzt, im Dunkeln,
ontmoet ik met een handvol --treffe ich meine Nachbarn --
kaarsen mijn buren.Kerzen in der Hand.

 Poem H4460
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-25
 Beautiful people (Melanie) - 1969
 Song (album "Affectionately Melanie")
 Tribute to: Melanie (Safka, Melanie) 
 Collection: Shelter 


All of us can live

in peace, come and join, lay down --


nothing will harm us.


We kunnen levenWir können leben
in vrede, kom, ga liggen --in Frieden, komm, leg dich hin --
niets zal ons deren.nichts wird uns schaden.

 Poem H4461
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-25
 Lay Down (Melanie) - 1970
 Song (album "Candles in the Rain")
 Tribute to: Melanie (Safka, Melanie) 
 Collection: Known 


You change every day,

you don't want me, I miss what --


has not even been.


Jij verandert steeds,Du bist wandelbar,
je wilt me niet, en ik mis --willst mich nicht, ich vermisse --
wat niet is geweest.was nicht einmal war.

 Poem H4462
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-25
 Ruby Tuesday (Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones) - 1967
 Song (USA-album "Between the Buttons"); also sung in 1970 by Melanie [Safka]
 Tribute to: Richards, Keith 
 Tribute to: The Rolling Stones 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 60s and 70s 


From the mirror she

looks at the photographer:


how does he show me?


Vanuit de spiegelVom Spiegel aus blickt
kijkt ze naar de fotograaf:sie den Fotografen an:
hoe laat hij mij zien?wie zeigt er mich jetzt?

 Poem S2108
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-25
 State portrait (Anton Corbijn) - 2023
 State portrait of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima
 Tribute to: Corbijn, Anton 
 Tribute to: Willem-Alexander 
 Collection: The Yellow House Museum 


That song's no longer

mine, it has been smoothed over --


and wrapped in plastic.


Dat lied is niet meerDas Lied ist nicht mehr
van mij, het is glad gemaakt --meins, es wurde geglättet --
met plastic erom.in Plastik verpackt.

 Poem S2109
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-25
 What Have They Done to My Song (Melanie) - 1970
 Song (album "Candles in the Rain")
 Tribute to: Melanie (Safka, Melanie) 
 Collection: WriteWiser signage 


The mushrooms shoot up

rapidly and then unfold --


their pointed gnome hat.


De paddenstoelenDie Pilze schießen
schieten op en ontvouwen --empor und entfalten dann --
hun kaboutermuts.ihren Gnomenhut.

 Poem H4457
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-24
 Collection: Metamorphic body 


Come on, wave your love,

overflow me with your tide --


Don't ebb off from me.


Kom, golf jouw liefde,Komm, welle deine
overspoel me met jouw vloed --Liebe, überflute mich --
Eb niet van me weg.und ebbe nicht weg.

 Poem H4458
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-24
 I love you... me neither (Serge Gainsbourg) - 1969
 Song "Je t'aime... moi non plus", sung with Jane Birkin; sung in 1967 with Brigitte Bardot (released in 1986)
 Tribute to: Gainsbourg, Serge 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 60s and 70s 


Between star and night,

between black skin and white skin --


our fire is burning.


Tussen ster en nacht,Zwischen Stern und Nacht,
zwarte huid en witte huid --schwarze Haut und weiße Haut --
branden wij een vuur.brennt unser Feuer.

 Poem H4459
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-24
 Fire is Burning (Alice Eather) - 2015
 Poem "Yúya Karrabúra"
 Tribute to: Eather, Alice 
 Collection: SoulSenseSun 


Zywa Fission fungus

Leave me alone
until I'm human again
and pretend

you didn't guess
didn't say out loud
what I'm keeping secret

: the fission fungus
that tears everything
in two in my head

I am done for, I can't
exist anymore, I'll go crazy
or become zombie

I know
you don't want it
you don't want to say goodbye

Come into my arms
my thirst cannot be quenched
and you must live on

 Poem 5416
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-23
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Psychoses in untreated bipolar disorder
Novel "jl." (the title also refers to the character Juno Linnaarts), chapter September 23rd, 2011

 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: Metamorphic body 


Today, too much is

happening, I must pretend --


it is a story.


Er gebeurt te veelEs passiert zu viel,
vandaag, ik moet doen alsof --ich tu so, als wäre es --
het een verhaal is.eine Geschichte.

 Poem H4456
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-23
 Outsiders (Renate Dorrestein) - 1983
 Novel "Buitenstaanders", § 3
 Tribute to: Dorrestein, Renate 
 Collection: Truder 


She performs her show,

spraying looks at the dumbos --


her tormented looks.


Ze voert haar show op,Sie macht ihre Show,
strooit naar de stommelingen --bewirft die Dummköpfe mit --
gekwelde blikken.gequälte Blicke.

 Poem S2106
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-23
 Outsiders (Renate Dorrestein) - 1983
 Novel "Buitenstaanders", § 3
 Tribute to: Dorrestein, Renate 
 Collection: Actively Passive 


Too bad, he only

does his duty, I would like --


him to be a saint.


Jammer, hij doet slechtsSchade, er tut nur
zijn plicht, ik had graag dat hij --seine Pflicht, ich möchte, er --
een heilige was.sei ein Heiliger.

 Poem S2107
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-23
 Outsiders (Renate Dorrestein) - 1983
 Novel "Buitenstaanders", § 3
 Tribute to: Dorrestein, Renate 
 Collection: No wonder 


Zywa Night filter

Under the night filter
I lie awake
in hibernation

the blossoms on my skin
dusky grey, luckily
I think that, still can think

something, that's all
and the itching continues
to plague me in my head

where I can't reach it
I can only wait
until it is dissolved

and I feel again
like having cake, luckily
I can bake it myself

when I have the energy
and my thoughts
find the words again

 Poem 5413
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-22
 Night filter: nuit américaine / day-for-night
 Collection: Pending rain 


I'm a kind of half-

human, there are so many --


others I do need.


Een soort halve mensEine Art Halbmensch
ben ik, zoveel anderen --bin ich, immer so viele --
heb ik steeds nodig.andere brauch ich.

 Poem H4455
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-22
 Outsiders (Renate Dorrestein) - 1983
 Novel "Buitenstaanders", § 1
 Tribute to: Dorrestein, Renate 
 Collection: Wean Di 


The pope points out which

of the bones are from saints: new --


treasures of the church.


De paus wijst welkeDer Papst zeigt, welche
botten van heiligen zijn:Knochen von Heiligen sind:
nieuwe kerkschatten.neue Kleinode.

 Poem S2103
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-22
 The veneration of saints (cultus duliae) began in the fourth century. Pope Damascus I then randomly points out some bones in the catacombs of Rome as the remains of saints
 Collection: Secrets & Believers 


I always get short

of breath when he comes home and --


only pets the dog.


Ik krijg het benauwdIch ersticke fast,
wanneer hij thuiskomt en dan --wenn er nach Hause kommt und --
alleen de hond aait.nur den Hund streichelt.

 Poem S2104
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-22
 Outsiders (Renate Dorrestein) - 1983
 Novel "Buitenstaanders", § 1
 Tribute to: Dorrestein, Renate 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 80s and 90s 


At most I myself

catch what I mean, with you it's --


misunderstandings.


Hoogstens ikzelf snapHöchstens ich versteh,
wat ik bedoel, met jou zijn --was ich meine, mit dir sind's --
het misverstanden.Missverständnisse.

 Poem S2105
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-22
 Outsiders (Renate Dorrestein) - 1983
 Novel "Buitenstaanders", § 1
 Tribute to: Dorrestein, Renate 
 Collection: Wean Di 


Zywa Girl

Delighted, with your eyes closed
sniffing up the cherry blossoms
in the street, the cheerful birdsong
and the almost lifelike dreams

of love's happiness
dear, dear girl
curled up in pillows
when it storms

talking late into the night
falling asleep and
full of expectation
up again, looking forward

to the embraces
of the new day
and our whole body
shines

 Poem 5410
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-21
 Collection: Summer birds 


The gnome leans over,

with a wide open muzzle --


he's limping on stilts.


De kabouter heltDer Gnom hängt furchtbar
voorover, met open muil --über, mit offenem Maul --
hinkt hij op stelten.hinkt er auf Stelzen.

 Poem H4450
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-21
 The Gnome (Modest Mussorgski) - 1874
 Composition "Pictures at an Exhibition", in an arrangement (2023) by Marc Kaptijn performed in the Organpark by the Amsterdam Wind Quintet and Maarten van der Bijl (organ) on January 21st, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The minstrel renders

the castle so vividly --


It stands before me.


De minstreel bezingtDer Barde besingt
het kasteel zo levendig --das Schloss so lebhaft und fein --
dat het voor mij staat.das es vor mir steht.

 Poem H4451
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-21
 The Old Castle (Modest Mussorgski) - 1874
 Composition "Pictures at an Exhibition", in an arrangement (2023) by Marc Kaptijn performed in the Organpark by the Amsterdam Wind Quintet and Maarten van der Bijl (organ) on January 21st, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The oxen: marching,

heavily armoured they are --


stomping on like knights.


De ossen rukkenDie Ochsen rücken
op, zwaar geharnast stampen --auf, gepanzert stampfen sie --
ze als ridders voort.wie Ritter vorwärts.

 Poem H4452
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-21
 Cattle / The Oxcart (Modest Mussorgski) - 1874
 Composition "Pictures at an Exhibition", in an arrangement (2023) by Marc Kaptijn performed in the Organpark by the Amsterdam Wind Quintet and Maarten van der Bijl (organ) on January 21st, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


There, dancing sisters

of Calimero, yet big --


is their loud cackling.


Dansende zusjesTanzende Schwestern
van Calimero, maar groot --von Calimero: wie groß --
is hun gekakel.ist ihr Gegacker.

 Poem H4453
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-21
 Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks (Modest Mussorgski) - 1874
 Composition "Pictures at an Exhibition", in an arrangement (2023) by Marc Kaptijn performed in the Organpark by the Amsterdam Wind Quintet and Maarten van der Bijl (organ) on January 21st, 2024 - Toni Pagot drew Calimero in 1963 ("They are big and I is small")
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The chicks are dancing

around drolly in their shells --


their thick diapers.


De kuikens dansenDie Küken tanzen
koddig rondjes in hun dop --ulkig in ihren Schalen --
hun dikke luier.in ihren Windeln.

 Poem H4454
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-21
 Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks (Modest Mussorgski) - 1874
 Composition "Pictures at an Exhibition", in an arrangement (2023) by Marc Kaptijn performed in the Organpark by the Amsterdam Wind Quintet and Maarten van der Bijl (organ) on January 21st, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Swear words jump around

wildly in a steaming cloud --


of squabbling voices.


Krachtermen springenSchimpfwörter springen
wild rond in een grote wolk --umher, in einer Wolke --
van bekvechterij.streitender Stimmen.

 Poem S2102
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-21
 Limoges. The Market (The Great News) (Modest Mussorgski) - 1874
 Composition "Pictures at an Exhibition", in an arrangement (2023) by Marc Kaptijn performed in the Organpark by the Amsterdam Wind Quintet and Maarten van der Bijl (organ) on January 21st, 2024
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Zywa Little stones

Every day I put little
stones in my blood
to slow myself down
to what people consider normal

but they have no idea
of the wings I had
the happiness and celebration
that life can be

There is so much to enjoy
when I am light with
open pores and a spacious
body, every cell vibrating

to caresses and music
the finest flavours and sunniest
colours, everything is a miracle
and I shine day and night

 Poem 5407
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-20
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Little stones: lithium therapy for bipolar disorder (lithos = stone)
Novel "jl." (the title also refers to the character Juno Linnaarts), chapter August 1st, 2008

 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: Pending rain 


There's so much to do,

without knowing if my life --


is worth what it costs.


Ik moet zoveel doen,Ich muss so viel tun
wist ik maar of mijn leven --und weiß nicht, ob mein Leben --
waard is wat het kost.diesen Preis wert ist.

 Poem H4449
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-20
 Aphorisms. Thoughts and Opinions (Emanuel Wertheimer) - 1895
 "Aphorismen. Gedanken und Meinungen", quoted in the novel "Buitenstaanders" ("Outsiders", 1983, Renate Dorrestein), § 1 - "Das Leben ist selten das wert, was es kostet" ("Life is rarely worth what it costs" / "La vie vaut rarement ce qu'elle coûte")
 Tribute to: Dorrestein, Renate 
 Tribute to: Wertheimer, Emanuel 
 Collection: Rasping ants 


We say goodbye, short

- long - stop, the signalling code --


of I think of you.


We nemen afscheid,Wir sagen Tschüss, Kurz
kort - lang - uit, de seincode --- Lang - Aus, der Signalcode --
van Ik denk aan jou.Ich denke an dich.

 Poem H4448
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-19
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapters December 23rd, 1973 and December 9th, 1980
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: Finethreads 


Does a work of art

exist if it is secured --


in a heavy safe?


Bestaat een kunstwerkBesteht ein Kunstwerk,
als het beveiligd bewaard --wenn es gut aufbewahrt wird --
wordt in een bankkluis?in einem Tresor?

 Poem S2099
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-17
 Collection: The Yellow House Museum 


Dressed up, my story

protects me, and it also --


looks better on me.


Ik kleed mijn verhaalMeine Geschichte
wat aan, dat beschermt me en --kleide ich ein, das schützt mich --
het staat me mooier.und steht mir besser.

 Poem S2100
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-17
 Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (Rachel Cusk) - 2012
 Autobiographical book, quoted by Merel Kamp in her article "Karma, lot of eigen schuld? Vertel het maar" ("Karma, fate or own fault? Just tell me"), in the NRC of January 16th, 2024
 Tribute to: Cusk, Rachel 
 Collection: Shelter 


My life story is

too thick, too big, too spacious --


You can see the lies.


Mijn levensverhaalMein Lebensbericht
is te dik, te groot, te ruim --ist zu dick, zu groß, zu weit --
Je ziet de leugens.Man sieht die Lügen.

 Poem S2101
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-17
 Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (Rachel Cusk) - 2012
 Autobiographical book, quoted by Merel Kamp in her article "Karma, lot of eigen schuld? Vertel het maar" ("Karma, fate or own fault? Just tell me"), in the NRC of January 16th, 2024
 Tribute to: Cusk, Rachel 
 Tribute to: Kamp, Merel 
 Collection: Appearances 


Don't keep building dams

in the streams of your feelings --


Flooding is better.


Geen dammen bouwenKeine Dämme in
in je gevoelens, liever --deinen Gefühlen, lieber --
overstromingen.Überschwemmungen.

 Poem H4443
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-16
 Listen to the girls (Eva Meijer) - 2024
 Column "Luister naar de meisjes", in the NRC of January 16th, 2024
 Tribute to: Meijer, Eva 
 Collection: Stream 


After our wedding

there's just the two of us, now --


we must be happy.


Na onze bruiloftNach unsrer Hochzeit
met zijn tweeën: nu moeten --zu zweit: klar, jetzt müssen wir --
we gelukkig zijn.uns glücklich fühlen.

 Poem H4444
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-16
 The Storm / The drowned (Margriet de Moor) - 2005
 Novel "De verdronkene", § 3-5 and § 3-6
 Tribute to: De Moor, Margriet 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 0s 


The menses: crushes,

and then the vow to a man --


one who desires you.


De eisprongen: steedsEisprünge: wieder
smoorverliefd, dan het jawoord --verliebt, bis das Jawort zu --
aan een man die wil.einem Mann, der will.

 Poem H4445
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-16
 The Storm / The drowned (Margriet de Moor) - 2005
 Novel "De verdronkene", § 3-7 (and § 1-2)
 Tribute to: De Moor, Margriet 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 0s 


Yawn, being sleepy,

I drowse my waking days like --


sleepless, dreamless nights.


Gaap, ik versuf mijnGähn, ich verdöse
dagen als slapeloze,die Tage wie schlaflose --
droomloze nachten.traumlose Nächte.

 Poem H4446
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-16
 The Storm / The drowned (Margriet de Moor) - 2005
 Novel "De verdronkene", § 5 Responsorium (Responsory) - Inner dialogue
 Tribute to: De Moor, Margriet 
 Collection: Moist glow 


I'm going to die:

my children have said goodbye --


yes, twice already.


Ik ga dood: al tweeIch sterbe: schon zwei-
keer hebben mijn kinderen --mal haben meine Kinder --
afscheid genomen.sich verabschiedet.

 Poem H4447
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-16
 The Storm / The drowned (Margriet de Moor) - 2005
 Novel "De verdronkene", § 5 Responsorium (Responsory) - Inner dialogue
 Tribute to: De Moor, Margriet 
 Collection: Finethreads 


The storm sweeps away

everything, there is nothing --


just a shoreless sea.


De storm slaat allesDer Sturm fegt alles
weg, er is alleen nog zee --weg, es gibt nur noch das Meer --
een kustloze zee.küstenloses Meer.

 Poem S2098
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-16
 Again from the start (Jan Slauerhoff) - 1947
 Poem "Van voren af aan" (from the collection "Al dwalend"), quoted in the novel "De verdronkene" (2005, "The Storm" / "The drowned", 2010, Margriet de Moor), about the North Sea flood of 1953
 Tribute to: Slauerhoff, Jan 
 Tribute to: De Moor, Margriet 
 Collection: VacantVoid 


Stiff they hang under

the helicopter, like a --


statue of a saint.


Ze hangen onderSie hängen unter
de helikopter, stijf, net --dem Hubschrauber, stocksteif wie --
een heiligenbeeld.ein Heiligenbild.

 Poem H4441
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-15
 The Storm / The drowned (Margriet de Moor) - 2005
 Novel "De verdronkene", § 1-7
 Tribute to: De Moor, Margriet 
 Collection: On the fly 


We talk searchingly,

confidentially, as if --


we are weaving dreams.


Aftastend pratenAbtastend reden
we, vertrouwelijk, alsof --wir, sehr vertraulich, als ob --
we dromen weven.wir Träume weben.

 Poem H4442
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-15
 The Storm / The drowned (Margriet de Moor) - 2005
 Novel "De verdronkene", § 1-8
 Tribute to: De Moor, Margriet 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 0s 


Car with a driver

waiting for me, it is just --


too big to be parked.


Auto met chauffeurAuto mit Fahrer,
die op me wacht, tja, te groot --der auf mich wartet, einfach --
om te parkeren.zu groß zum Parken.

 Poem S2097
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-14
 Collection: I am 


Every day I think

about your life without me:


my meditation.


Ik denk elke dagJeden Tag denk ich
aan jouw leven zonder mij:an dein Leben ohne mich --
mijn meditatie.Ich meditiere.

 Poem H4439
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-13
 Notting Hill - 1999
 Film (screenplay Richard Curtis, direction Roger Michell)
 Tribute to: Curtis, Richard 
 Tribute to: Michell, Roger 
 Collection: DearI 


Into heaven like

this, like a rocket, flying --


there with my husband.


Zo de hemel inSo in den Himmel,
als een raket, met mijn man:wie eine Rakete, wir --
zo wil ik leven.ich mit meinem Mann.

 Poem H4440
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-13
 The Bride (Marc Chagall) - 1950
 Painting "La Mariée"
Film "Notting Hill" (1999, screenplay Richard Curtis, direction Roger Michell)

 Tribute to: Chagall, Marc 
 Tribute to: Curtis, Richard 
 Collection: DearI 


People like to talk

about the required signposts --


but who is going?


Mensen praten graagDie Leute reden
over de wegwijzers, maar --gern über die Wegweiser --
wie gaat er op weg?aber wer geht los?

 Poem S2095
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-12
 No one follows the signposts anymore (Stine Jensen) - 2024
 Column "Niemand volgt de richtingaanwijzers nog" (in the NRC, January 12th, 2024)
"Pour une critique de l’économie politique du signe" and "Simulacres et Simulation" ("For a Critique of the Politicval Economy of the Sign", 1972, and "Simulacra & Simulation", 1981, Jean Baudrillard)

 Tribute to: Jensen, Stine 
 Tribute to: Baudrillard, Jean 
 Collection: Actively Passive 


I've an aversion

to fighting and to people --


The fight of my life.


Ik heb een afkeerMeine Abneigung
van vechten en van mensen --gegen Kämpfe und Menschen --
Dat is mijn gevecht.ist mein Lebenskampf.

 Poem S2096
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-12
 Martyrdom: diaries 1965-1974 (Han Voskuil) - 2023
 "Martelaarschap: dagboeken 1965-1974"
 Tribute to: Voskuil, Han 
 Collection: Not too bad 


End of the story,

because she says the sentence:


But I did not cry.


Het verhaal is uit,Ende Geschichte,
want oma zegt nu de zin:denn Oma sagt jetzt den Satz:
Maar ik huilde niet.Ohne zu weinen.

 Poem H4438
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-11
 The upper world (Arthur Japin) - 2006
 Novella "De grote wereld", § 9
 Tribute to: Japin, Arthur 
 Collection: Being my own museum 


The feeling you are

being used is not as bad --


as being unused.


Het gevoel gebruiktDas Gefühl, benutzt
te worden is niet zo erg --zu werden, ist nicht so schlimm --
als ongebruikt zijn.wie unbenutzt sein.

 Poem S2094
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-11
 The upper world (Arthur Japin) - 2006
 Novella "De grote wereld", § 9
 Tribute to: Japin, Arthur 
 Collection: Wean Di 


Incite each other,

because only then, of course --


you can be funny!


Spoor elkaar steeds aan,Sporne euch gegen-
want alleen dan lukt het je --seitig an, eben nur dann --
om grappig te zijn!kannst du komisch sein!

 Poem H4437
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-10
 The upper world (Arthur Japin) - 2006
 Novella "De grote wereld", § 5
 Tribute to: Japin, Arthur 
 Collection: Wean Di 


Making people laugh

is risky, because they will --


force you to do it.


Pas op met mensenKomisch zu sein ist
te laten lachen, ze gaan --riskant, die Leute werden --
je ertoe dwingen.dich dazu zwingen.

 Poem S2093
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-10
 The upper world (Arthur Japin) - 2006
 Novella "De grote wereld", § 5
 Tribute to: Japin, Arthur 
 Collection: Wean Di 


Wouldn't you feel sorry

for normal people who cling --


to being normal?


Normale mensenNormale Menschen
klampen zich meelijwekkend --klammern sich kläglich daran --
vast aan normaal zijn.fest, normal zu sein.

 Poem H4433
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-10
 The upper world (Arthur Japin) - 2006
 Novella "De grote wereld", § 1
 Tribute to: Japin, Arthur 
 Collection: Appearances 


The fairy tales are

over, since then they just tell --


how it really is.


De sprookjes zijn uit-Die Märchen: verbraucht.
geput, sindsdien vertelt men --Seitdem erzählt man einfach --
maar hoe het echt is.wie es wirklich ist.

 Poem H4434
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-10
 The upper world (Arthur Japin) - 2006
 Novella "De grote wereld", chapter 2
 Tribute to: Japin, Arthur 
 Collection: Held True 


Doing a trick, well,

it is the first thing a child --


is successful with.


Een kunstje doen, ja,Einen Trick machen,
dat is het eerste waarmee --das ist das Erste, mit dem --
een kind succes heeft.ein Kind Erfolg hat.

 Poem H4435
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-10
 The upper world (Arthur Japin) - 2006
 Novella "De grote wereld", § 3
 Tribute to: Japin, Arthur 
 Collection: Specialities 


To make people laugh,

every baby learns that much --


sooner than talking.


Hen laten lachen,Zum Lachen bringen,
dat leert elke baby veel --das lernt jedes Baby viel --
eerder dan praten.früher als Sprechen.

 Poem H4436
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-10
 The upper world (Arthur Japin) - 2006
 Novella "De grote wereld", § 3
 Tribute to: Japin, Arthur 
 Collection: Wean Di 


Waiting is living

half, putting deeds off, looking --


in front of oneself.


Wachten is maar halfWarten ist nur halb
leven, actie uitstellen --leben, Aktion aufschieben --
voor je uit kijken.vor sich hin schauen.

 Poem S2091
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-10
 Collection: Local contractions 


In the dwarf village,

they look around, the giants --


laughing unseemly.


In de dwergenstadIn der Zwergenstadt
kijken ze rond, de reuzen --schauen sie sich um, Riesen --
ongepast lachend.unpassend lachend.

 Poem S2092
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-10
 The upper world (Arthur Japin) - 2006
 The travelling Märchenstadt Liliput (Fairytale Town of Lilliput, since the 19th century), and the Lilliputian Village in the Dreamland amusement park (since 1904) on Coney Island (New York)
Novella "De grote wereld", § 1

 Tribute to: Japin, Arthur 
 Collection: Being my own museum 


Reluctance wants to

be alone, unobserved not --


doing what you want.


Ieders weerwil wilDer Widerwille
alleen blijven, ongezien --will allein sein, unbemerkt --
niet doen wat jij wilt.nicht tun, was du willst.

 Poem H4432
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-09
 About reluctance (Gerrit Krol) - 1970
 Poem "Over de weerwil" (from "Over het uittrekken van een broek")
 Tribute to: Krol, Gerrit 
 Collection: Willegos 


There's a museum

called Ministry of the Sea --


No coast anymore.


Het museum heetDas Museum heißt
Ministerie van de Zee --Meeresministerium --
Er is geen kust meer.Keine Küste mehr.

 Poem S2090
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-09
 Bolivia (political) (Gerrit Krol) - 1970
 Poem "Bolivia (staatkundig)" (from the collection "Over het uittrekken van een broek")
 Tribute to: Krol, Gerrit 
 Collection: Stall 


We had a good time

then, nowadays we are old --


waste and withered leaves.


We hadden het goed,Wir hatten es gut,
en nu zijn we oud, afval --und jetzt sind wir alt, Abfall --
dorre bladeren.und dürre Blätter.

 Poem H4431
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-08
 The dead leaves (Jacques Prévert) - 1946
 Song "Les feuilles mortes" (for the film "Les Portes de la nuit"), music Joseph Kosma, sung by Yves Montand)
Novella "La hojarasca" ("Leaf-storm", 1955, Gabriel García Márquez)

 Tribute to: Prevert, Jacques 
 Tribute to: Garcia Marquez, Gabriel 
 Collection: Inwardings 


Conforming myself,

keeping my mouth shut: my fear --


won't protect me though.


Mezelf aanpassenMeinen Mund halten,
en mijn mond houden: mijn angst --mich anpassen: meine Angst --
biedt geen bescherming.bietet keinen Schutz.

 Poem S2087
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-08
 The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action (Audre Lorde) - 1977
 Essay
 Tribute to: Lorde, Audre 
 Collection: Wean Di 


Please just let me be

there, just be an empty place --


filled with a loved one.


Laat mij alsjeblieftBitte lass mich ein
een lege plek zijn, gevuld --leerer Ort sein, gefüllt mit --
met een geliefde.einem Geliebten.

 Poem S2088
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-08
 An empty place to stay - XIV (Rutger Kopland) - 1974
 Poem "Een lege plek om te blijven" - XIV (collection "Een lege plek om te blijven"), also published in magazine Tirade #200 (1974)
 Tribute to: Kopland, Rutger 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 60s and 70s 


Escaped from the cage:

be happy, clear and free, yet --


I wish you were here...


Ontsnapt uit de kooi:Frei aus dem Käfig,
wees gelukkig, vrij, en toch --glücklich, hoffe ich, und doch --
Was je nog maar hier...Wärst du nur noch hier...

 Poem S2089
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-08
 Wish you were here (Roger Waters) - 1975
 Song (lyrics Roger Waters, music David Gilmour and Roger Waters; album "Wish you were here")
 Tribute to: Waters, Roger 
 Tribute to: Pink Floyd 
 Collection: Within the walls 


I love her so much,

her smile and her liveliness --


which is bipolar.


Ik houd van haar, haarIch liebe sie, ihr
lach en haar levendigheid --Lächeln, die Lebendigkeit --
die bipolair is.die bipolar ist.

 Poem H4428
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-07
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter November 22nd, 2006
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: SoulSenseSun 


My great happiness

of mania! Yet others --


can do without it.


Het grote gelukMein großes Manie-
van mijn manie: hoe kunnen --Glück: wie können andere --
anderen zonder?ohne sie leben?

 Poem H4429
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-07
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter August 1st, 2008
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: No wonder 


She planned it and said

goodbye to each of us, as --


we later found out.


Van ieder van onsVon uns allen hat
heeft ze afscheid genomen --sie sich verabschiedet, wie --
merkten we later.sich herausstellte.

 Poem H4430
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-07
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter September 23rd, 2011
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: Em Brace 


There is a shot hole

in the photo on the hearts --


of fallen soldiers.


Er zit een gat inDa ist ein Schussloch
het fotootje op het hart --im Foto auf den Herzen --
van gesneuvelden.der Gefallenen.

 Poem S2086
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-07
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter August 1st, 2008
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: May the Might 


We don't talk about

anything, we only smell --


of the same bath soap.


We praten nergensWir reden nicht, nur
over, we ruiken alleen --riechen wir immer noch gleich --
naar dezelfde zeep.nach Jasminseife.

 Poem H4424
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-06
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter June 4th, 1984
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: Skin-contact 


My body may seem

solid, but it is a cloud --


of floating atoms.


Mijn lichaam lijkt welMein Körper scheint fest,
stevig, maar het is een wolk --ist aber eine Wolke --
van zweefatomen.aus Schwebatomen.

 Poem H4425
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-06
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter April 28th, 1986
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: No wonder 


Suddenly it's gone:

no more house, just a mountain --


of mosquitoes there.


Ineens is het weg:Plötzlich ist es weg:
geen huis meer, alleen een berg --kein Haus mehr, nur ein Berg von --
muggen waar het was.Mücken wo es war.

 Poem H4426
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-06
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter April 28th, 1986
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: No wonder 


We don't do any-

thing, we avoid rejection --


avoid rapprochement.


We doen niets, willenWir tun lieber nichts,
geen afwijzing, en zeker --wollen weder Ablehnung --
geen toenadering.noch Annäherung.

 Poem H4427
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-06
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter November 11th, 1989
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: Actively Passive 


Phone conversation,

about the locations we --


are supposedly at.


Telefoongesprek,Telefongespräch,
over de locaties waar --über Orte, an denen --
we zogenaamd zijn.wir angeblich sind.

 Poem S2085
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-06
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapters December 9th, 1980, and: September 15th, 2008
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: Within the walls 


Knowing someone well,

wanting to believe it, that --


it is possible.


Iemand goed kennen,Jemanden richtig
daarin willen geloven --kennen, das glauben wollen --
denken dat het kan.dass es möglich ist.

 Poem H4423
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-05
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter July 21st, 1969
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: Finethreads 


Will I then remain

a child, showing my parents --


my abilities?


Blijf ik het kind datBleibe ich das Kind,
zijn ouders wil laten zien --das den Eltern zeigen will --
dat het alles kan?dass es alles kann?

 Poem S2084
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-05
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter December 9th, 1980
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: High gear 


No one's listening,

so there is no censorship --


of the protesters.


Er luistert niemand,Niemand hört zu, da-
dus is er geen censuur meer --her gibt es keine Zensur --
op de protesten.der Proteste mehr.

 Poem S2081
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-04
 Your voice won't protect you (Ellen Deckwitz) - 2024
 Column "Je stem zal je niet beschermen", in NRC (January 4th, 2024)
 Tribute to: Deckwitz, Ellen 
 Collection: Actively Passive 


People celebrate

the astronauts on the moon --


who'd like to join in.


De mensen vierenDie Leute feiern
feest om de astronauten --die Astronauten, leider --
Die zijn er niet bij.sind sie nicht dabei.

 Poem S2082
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-04
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter July 21st, 1969
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: No wonder 


I do remember

her bicycle from back then --


but no faces at all.


Ik herinner meIch erinnere
haar nieuwe fiets nog, maar geen --mich nur an das Fahrrad, nicht --
gezichten van toen.an die Gesichter.

 Poem S2083
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-04
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter December 23rd, 1973
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: Being my own museum 


Zywa Trip Control

Artemis, Artemis
wake up, Artemis
do you hear us, it's time
the dream is over

     The earth is beautiful
     so little and precious
     the universe so big
     and I'm just floating here

Artemis, Artemis
wake up, Artemis
it's time to eat
and get to work

     I love all of you
     and you the most
     What wonderful peace
     I'm so light here

Put your helmet on
and come back, hello
here is Ground Control
Ten

nine
Artemis, eight, Artemis
seven, six, we're counting down
engines on, four, three

everything's fine, two
brace yourself, and one
on the way home
Have a good trip!

 Poem 5404
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-03
 Space Oddity (David Bowie) - 1969
 Song (album "David Bowie" #2)
 Tribute to: Bowie, David 
 Collection: Migration 


Mama told me things

as a toddler that I'd like --


to know from her now.


Mama verteldeMama erzählte
me als peuter wat ik nu --mir als Baby, was ich jetzt --
zou willen weten.gern wissen würde.

 Poem S2080
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-03
 recently (Anjet Daanje) - 2016
 Novel "jl." (the title also refers to Juno Linnaarts), chapter July 21st, 1969, and: September 15th, 2008
 Tribute to: Daanje, Anjet 
 Collection: Being my own museum 


We wear white plastic

slats as a stole, we're playing --


a Roman drama.


Witte lamellenWeiße Lamellen
als stola, zo spelen we --als Stola, wir spielen ein --
een Romeins drama.römisches Drama.

 Poem H4422
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-02
 Account of a murder (Antjie Krog) - 1995
 Novella "Relaas van 'n moord"
 Tribute to: Krog, Antjie 


Zywa Life-quakes / Transitions

Cell by cell, my piece
of the world, my body
     My Consciousness My Life
one thing after another
is everything, to me
     Everything At The Same Time
while routinely
I am who I am
     Unfolding Bloom Connection
until it no longer works
expectations fail
     Yours and Mine
due to incapacity, an accident
or pain with a diagnosis
     Collapsing New Buildings
no future together
not really enough dynamics
     Bridges Remain Unfinished
no parenting, goodbye
to those thoughts about myself
     Transition Pass Leap
trying to get out
of the hole in which
     Sad Scared Persevering
I crawled away
waiting for strength
     Space A New Balance
going back into the world
looking for safe places
     Exodus Desert New Land
thinking along with the pain
about what is going on
     Do What I Can Do
to where it is going
and what can be saved
     Embracing Myself Again
living to the limit
as life is

 Poem 5401
 Amsterdam, 2024-01-01
 The miracles of the transitions we experience in our lives
(are as great as those of the Jewish Passover and the Christian resurrection)
Einstürzende Neubeuten (Collapsing New Buildings) is a German band, founded in 1980

 Dedicated to: Maria Godschalk 
 Collection: On living on [1] 


The cars are coming

home, in the valley, I hear --


them on the high dike.


De auto's komenDie Autos kommen
thuis, in het dal, ik hoor ze --heim, ins Tal, ich höre sie --
op de hoge dijk.auf dem hohen Deich.

 Poem H4417
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-31
 In the Dutch mountains (Nits) - 1987
 Song (album "In the Dutch mountains")
 Tribute to: Nits 
 Tribute to: Hofstede, Henk 
 Collection: Within the walls 


He was on the team,

he joined in, only four days --


lasted the warfare.


Hij stond in het team,Er war im Team, er
hij deed mee, vier dagen slechts --machte mit, nur vier Tage --
duurde de oorlog.dauerte der Krieg.

 Poem H4418
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-31
 Y.O.S. Days (Nits) - 1987
 Song "J.O.S. Days" ("Y.O.S. Days", at the Youth Organisation Sportsclub), album "In the Dutch mountains"
 Tribute to: Nits 
 Tribute to: Hofstede, Henk 
 Collection: Wean Di 


Dripping shirts, back then,

on the lines in the attic --


and bits of your face.


Druppende hemdenTropfende Wäsche,
aan de waslijn op zolder --damals auf dem Dachboden --
en half jouw gezicht.und halb dein Gesicht.

 Poem H4419
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-31
 In a play (The girl in the fur) (Nits) - 1987
 Song "In a play (Das Mädchen im Pelz)" (album "In the Dutch mountains")
 Tribute to: Nits 
 Tribute to: Hofstede, Henk 
 Collection: Inwardings 


The older I get,

the more you grow and I shrink --


until I am gone.


Hoe ouder ik word,Je älter, desto
hoe meer jij groeit en ik krimp --mehr du wächst und ich schrumpfe --
tot er niets meer is.bis nichts übrig ist.

 Poem H4420
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-31
 Giant Normal Dwarf (Nits) - 1990
 Song (album "Giant Normal Dwarf")
 Tribute to: Nits 
 Collection: Stream 


Without a warning

she rings the doorbell and starts --


cursing and crying.


Zonder waarschuwingOhne Vorwarnung
belt ze aan en begint ze --klingelt sie und beginnt sie --
scheldend te huilen.schimpfend zu schreien.

 Poem H4421
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-31
 Sorrow (Nits) - 1994
 Song (album "dA dA dA")
 Tribute to: Nits 
 Collection: Shelter 


Doctor, please help me,

reality is far too --


real, far too boring!


Dokter, help me toch,Doktor, bitte hilf
de werkelijkheid is veel --mir, die Realität ist --
te echt, veel te saai!zu echt, langweilig!

 Poem S2078
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-31
 The Cold Eye (Nits - Michiel Peters) - 1983
 Song (album "Omsk")
 Tribute to: Nits 
 Tribute to: Peters, Michiel 
 Collection: Within the walls 


Sometimes you're afraid

of everything, of the light --


afraid of the dark.


Soms ben je bang, bangManchmal hat man Angst,
voor alles, bang voor het licht --Angst vor allem, vor dem Licht --
en voor het donker.und der Dunkelheit.

 Poem S2079
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-31
 Day & the Night (Nits) - 1994
 Song (album "dA dA dA")
 Tribute to: Nits 
 Collection: Shelter 


If only I could

rest here, sleeping in the snow --


in the deep forest.


Kon ik maar rusten,Wenn ich mich nur hier
hier gaan slapen in de sneeuw --ausruhen könnte, schlafen --
in het diepe bos.im Schnee, hier im Wald.

 Poem H4413
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-30
 Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening (Robert Frost) - 1923
 Poem (collection "New Hampshire")
 Tribute to: Frost, Robert 
 Collection: Blankets of snow 


After destruction

there is a lot to be built --


nothing to rebuild.


Na de verwoestingNach der Zerstörung
valt er veel op te bouwen --muss man bauen, aber nicht --
niets te herbouwen.wiedererbauen.

 Poem H4414
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-30
 How do you live? (Hayao Miyazaki) - 2023
 A new era
Animation film "Kimitachi wa d? ikiru ka" ("How do you live?" / "What is your way of life?" / "The Boy and the Heron")

 Tribute to: Miyazaki, Hayao 
 Collection: PumicePieces 


A book with questions

about the world, search yourself --


what your answers are.


Een boek met vragenEin Buch mit Fragen
over de wereld, zoek zelf --zur Welt, finde selbst deine --
naar jouw antwoorden.eigne Antworten.

 Poem H4415
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-30
 How do you live? (Genzaburo Yoshino) - 1937
 Novel "Kimitachi wa d? ikiru ka" ("How do you live?" / "What is your way of life?")
 Tribute to: Yoshino, Genzaburo 
 Collection: I am 


I dream of mama,

I still need to say goodbye --


I want to keep her.


Ik droom van mama,Träume von Mama:
ik moet nog afscheid nemen --ich möchte Ade sagen --
ik wil haar houden.und sie behalten.

 Poem H4416
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-30
 How do you live? (Hayao Miyazaki) - 2023
 Animation film "Kimitachi wa d? ikiru ka" ("How do you live?" / "What is your way of life?" / "The Boy and the Heron")
 Tribute to: Miyazaki, Hayao 
 Collection: The Yellow House Museum 


I press your shadow

close to me and I become --


a shadow myself.


Ik druk jouw schaduwIch drücke deinen
heel dicht tegen mij aan en --Schatten nah an mich, werde --
word ook een schaduw.so selbst zum Schatten.

 Poem S2076
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-30
 To the mysterious (Robert Desnos) - 1926
 Poem "À la mystérieuse" from the collection "Corps et biens" (1930)
 Tribute to: Desnos, Robert 
 Collection: Em Brace 


Humans like to warm

themselves with red flowers that --


devour everything.


De mensen warmenDie Menschen wärmen
zich aan hun rode bloemen --sich an den roten Blumen --
die alles eten.die alles fressen.

 Poem S2077
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-30
 The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling) - 1894
 Man can control fire
Short story collection "The Jungle Book", one of the adaptations into a film is the 2016 Disney movie (direction John Favreau)

 Tribute to: Kipling, Rudyard 
 Collection: Specialities 


In the private club,

the hostesses are blind, eyes --


painted on the lids.


In de privé-clubIm Privatclub sind
werken blinden, hun ogen --die Hostessen blind, mit auf--
zijn opgeschilderd.gemahlten Augen.

 Poem H4408
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-29
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-7 "Abracadabra"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


An imperfection

is a shadow in your life --


with thanks to the sun.


Onvolmaaktheden:Unvollkommenheit
schaduwen in het leven --ist ein Schatten im Leben --
met dank aan de zon.danksei der Sonne.

 Poem H4409
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-29
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-7 "Abracadabra": We must live, I'm afraid, with the shadows of imperfection
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


There's a dynamic

of growth and decay, sometimes --


even perfection.


Er is dynamiekEs gibt Dynamik,
van groei en verval, soms ook --Wachstum und Verfall, manchmal --
even volmaaktheid.kurz Vollkommenheit.

 Poem H4410
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-29
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-7 "Abracadabra": We must live, I'm afraid, with the shadows of imperfection
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


A person must learn,

there are no suns anywhere --


that don't cast shadows.


Een mens moet lerenEin Mensch muss lernen,
dat er geen zon bestaat die --es gibt keine Sonne, die --
geen schaduwen werpt.keine Schatten wirft.

 Poem H4411
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-29
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-7 "Abracadabra": We must live, I'm afraid, with the shadows of imperfection
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


It's illogical

the way it went, but it did --


And no other way.


Het is niet logischEs war nicht logisch,
gegaan, maar ja, het is zo --dennoch ist es so passiert --
Zo en niet anders.So und nicht anders.

 Poem H4412
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-29
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-7 "Abracadabra"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


They torture us with..

hope, so that they will have some-


thing to take from us.


Ze martelen ons..Sie foltern uns mit..
met hoop, dan kunnen ze iets --Hoffnung, dann können sie uns --
van ons afpakken.etwas wegnehmen.

 Poem S2073
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-29
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-6 "Midnight"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The country greeted

us as major promises --


that must be broken.


Het land begroetteDas Land begrüßte
ons als grote beloften --uns als große Versprechen --
die het moet breken.die es brechen muss.

 Poem S2074
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-29
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapters 2-1 The fisherman's pointing finger, and: 3-6 "Midnight"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Praise The Lord, and God

Willing, those are the mottoes --


on the city bus.


Zo God Het Wil, ofSo Gott Will, oder
Geloofd Zij God, is de leus --Lob Sei Gott, ist die Losung --
op de stadsbussen.auf den Stadtbussen.

 Poem S2075
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-29
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-6 "Midnight"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Ghosts see everything,

including us, like we see --


them: vaguely present.


Geesten zien alles,Geister sehen uns
ook ons, zoals wij hen zien:so, wie wir sie bemerken:
wazig aanwezig.vage anwesend.

 Poem H4403
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-3 "Sam and the Tiger"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Here, our fatherland,

oh, my beloved homeland --


the Mighty Mother!


Hier, ons vaderland,Unser Vaterland,
mijn dierbare thuisland, de --meine liebe Heimat, die --
Machtige Moeder!Mächtige Mutter!

 Poem H4404
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-5 "A wedding"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


I am a buddha,

with hard d's, I'm an old man --


an unfeeling man.


Ik ben een boeddha,Ich bin ein Buddha,
met harde d's, een oude --mit hartem d, ein alter --
gevoelloze man.gefühlloser Mann.

 Poem H4405
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-1 The buddha (old man)
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


What truth is expressed

by our myths, who, nowadays --


are our goddesses?


Wat is de waarheidWas ist die Wahrheit
van onze mythen, wie zijn --unserer Mythen, wer sind --
onze godinnen?jetzt die Göttinnen?

 Poem H4406
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-5 "A wedding"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The calls for prayer

freeze and fall in empty streets --


as sacred snowflakes.


Bevroren vallenGefroren fallen
de oproepen tot gebed --die Aufrufe zum Gebet --
als sneeuw op de stad.als Schnee auf die Stadt.

 Poem H4407
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-5 "A wedding"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


What a cheek you have!

Can't you think! Do you have ears?


Then you should listen!


De brutaliteit!Die Frechheit! Du sollst
Denk eens na! Heb je oren?mal denken! Hast du Ohren?
Luister dan eens goed!Dann höre gut zu!

 Poem S2071
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-4 "The shadow of the Mosque"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


As a hero still

being thoroughly despised --


for some bad manners.


Je kunt een held zijnEin Held zu sein und
en grondig veracht worden --verachtet werden, wegen --
om je manieren.deiner Manieren.

 Poem S2072
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-5 "A wedding"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Don't mourn for the dead,

grieve only for the living --


Do it for yourself.


Treur niet om doden,Trauere eben
treur juist om de levenden --um die Lebenden, tu es --
en treur voor jezelf.eben für dich selbst.

 Poem H4401
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-27
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-1 "The buddha" (old man)
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


He cries for three hours,

or three days, three weeks maybe --


Then it starts to rain.


Hij huilt drie uren,Er weint stundenlang,
of drie dagen, drie weken --oder tage-, wochenlang --
Daarna regent het.Und dann regnet es.

 Poem H4402
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-27
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-2 "In the Sundarbans"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Huge leeches explode

after a night of sucking --


on sleeping bodies.


Grote bloedzuigers,Große Blutegel,
na een nacht op ons lichaam --nach einer Nacht des Saugens --
exploderen ze.explodieren sie.

 Poem S2067
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-27
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-2 "In the Sundarbans"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Our soldiers wouldn't do

anything like that, we dream --


It can not be true.


Onze soldatenUnsre Soldaten
doen zoiets niet, we dromen --tun sowas nicht, wir träumen --
Het kan niet waar zijn.Es kann nicht wahr sein.

 Poem S2068
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-27
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-3 "Sam and the Tiger"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The soldiers scurry

away from what I don't want --


and not can believe.


Soldaten haastenSoldaten fliehen
zich weg van wat ik niet wil --vor dem, was ich nicht glauben --
niet kan geloven.will, nicht glauben kann.

 Poem S2069
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-27
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-3 "Sam and the Tiger"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Artists alongside

the soldiers, entertaining --


the relieved people.


Naast de soldatenEinzug der Armee:
rijden karren, artiesten --Künstler zur Unterhaltung --
vermaken het volk.aller Zuschauer.

 Poem S2070
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-27
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 3-3 "Sam and the Tiger"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Dad swings me across

the ditch, jumping over it --


I shall do later.


Papa zwiert me zoefPapa schwingt mich Schwuff
de greppel over, springen --über den Graben, Springen --
doe ik later wel.mache ich später.

 Poem H4399
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-26
 Oirschot, 2006
 Dedicated to: Pieter W 
 Dedicated to: Florentin dK 
 Collection: Summer birds 


We enjoy working

together, friendship, then, now --


a magical time.


Met plezier werkenZusammenarbeit,
wij samen, vriendschap, toen, nu --Freundschaft, damals und heute --
een magische tijd.magische Zeiten.

 Poem H4400
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-26
 Dedicated to: Hans J 
 Dedicated to: Carla B 
 Collection: Metamorphic body 


The words she spits out

rip open everyone's skin --


like a vast, barbed net.


Haar woorden trekkenIhre Unwörter
ieders huid open, als een --reißen jedem die Haut auf --
net vol weerhaken.wie ein Stachelnetz.

 Poem S2065
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-26
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-6 "My tenth birthday"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Would a soldier fight

harder for virgins than for --


reincarnation?


Vechten soldatenKämpfen Soldaten
harder voor maagden dan voor --härter für Huris als für --
reïncarnatie?Reinkarnation?

 Poem S2066
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-26
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Muslims against Hindus
Novel, chapter 2-15 "How Saleem achieved purity"

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Zywa Reluctant to peace

When I don't understand someone
what incites him
what he thinks he can gain
what he thinks himself

about his life and
about me, the stranger
that I, yes I, am
in his eyes

then I have to cross
the thresholds to get to know
the not understood interests
of others, to get to know them

When I renounce
the effort
to make contact
there is no peace

because we live together
on earth, there is only one
world to grant
to each other

 Poem 5398
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-25
 Christmas speech (King William-Alexander) - 2023
 Tribute to: Willem-Alexander 
 Collection: The drama 


He's vulnerable,

just look at the craquelure --


over grandpa's eyes.


Opa is kwetsbaar,Er ist verletzlich,
kijk maar naar het craquelé --sieh einfach den Craquelé --
over zijn ogen.in Opas Augen.

 Poem H4395
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-25
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-11 "Revelations"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Heavily breathing

women visit the frigate --


hoping for childbirth.


Puffende vrouwenSchnaufende Frauen
bezichtigen het fregat --besichtigen den Kreuzer --
hopend op weeën.hoffend auf Wehen.

 Poem H4396
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-25
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Hoping for the American citizenship for their child
Novel, chapter 2-12 "Movements performed by pepperpots"

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The minaret sticks

accusingly in our house --


its shadow finger.


De minaret steektDas Minarett steckt
beschuldigend in ons huis --anklagend in unser Haus --
haar schaduwvinger.Sein Schattenfinger.

 Poem H4397
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-25
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-14 "Jamila Singer"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Her hatred sits there

like a gecko, I can smell --


its stench of vomit.


Haar haat zit erbijIhr Hass sitzt nur da,
als een gekko, ik ruik het --wie ein Gecko, und er stinkt --
de stank van braaksel.nach Erbrochenem.

 Poem H4398
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-25
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-15 "How Saleem achieved purity"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


I know many smells:

the blueish, the angular --


and the virtuous...


Ik ken veel geuren:Diese Gerüche:
de blauwe, de hoekige --die Blaue, die Eckige --
en de deugdzame...und die Ehrbare...

 Poem S2063
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-25
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-14 "Jamila Singer"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Plastered with the post-

er: Cars Have the Right of Way --


the cow blocks the road.


Beplakt met het plak-Beklebt mit dem An-
aat: Auto's Hebben Voorrang --schlag: Autos Haben Vorfahrt --
loopt de koe op straat.ist die Kuh im Weg.

 Poem S2064
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-25
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-14 "Jamila Singer"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


I know I'm destined

for great deeds, however, first --


I've to finish school.


Ik ben voorbestemdVor meinen großen
tot grootse daden, maar eerst --Taten muss ich erst einmal --
moet ik nog naar school.zur Schule gehen.

 Poem H4393
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-24
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-8 "Alpha and Omega"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Everything happens

to me, nonetheless I am --


the protagonist.


Alles overkomtMir passiert alles,
mij, maar hoe dan ook ben ik --aber immerhin bin ich --
steeds de hoofdpersoon.doch die Hauptperson.

 Poem H4394
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-24
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-9 "The Kolynos Kid"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Our talents will be

praised, I know for sure, later --


after our downfall.


Onze talentenMeine Talente
zal men prijzen, later, na --werd man loben, später, nach --
onze ondergang.meinem Untergang.

 Poem S2061
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-24
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-3 "Accident in a washing-chest", and 2-8 "Alpha and Omega"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


For 5,000 years,

people have been dreaming, will --


they ever wake up?


Al 5000 jaarMenschen träumen seit
dromen de mensen, worden --5.000 Jahren, würden --
ze ooit eens wakker?sie je aufwachen?

 Poem S2062
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-24
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-9 "The Kolynos Kid"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


I am a writer,

I see into people's hearts --


and into their thoughts.


Ik ben schrijver, ikIch bin Schriftsteller,
heb inzage in harten --ich hab Einsicht in Herzen --
en in gedachten.und in Gedanken.

 Poem H4391
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-23
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-6 "My tenth birthday"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Mum keeps coming home

without any shopping bags --


which is suspicious...


Mama komt steeds thuisMama kommt immer
zonder tas met boodschappen --ohne Tüten nach Hause --
wat heel verdacht is...was verdächtig ist...

 Poem H4392
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-23
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-6 "My tenth birthday"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Nine knife cuts across

her face have liberated --


her from her beauty.


Negen messnedenNeun Messerschnitte
in haar gezicht verlossen --im Gesicht befreien sie --
haar van haar schoonheid.von ihrer Schönheit.

 Poem S2059
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-23
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-6 "My tenth birthday"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Unfortunately

none of my birthday guests know --


how to celebrate.


Verjaardag, helaasGeburtstag, leider
weet niemand van mijn gasten --weiß keiner meiner Gäste --
hoe je een feest viert.wie man ihn feiert.

 Poem S2060
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-23
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-6 "My tenth birthday"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Climb up the ladder

and look next to you, a snake --


is waiting for you!


Klim de ladder opSteige die Leiter
en kijk om je heen, naast je --hinauf, pass auf, neben dir --
wacht een slang je op!ist eine Schlange!

 Poem H4388
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-22
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-2 "Snakes and Ladders" (the board game "Moksha Patamu")
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The soup is spicy,

seasoned with disappointment --


Tears come to our eyes.


De soep is pittig,Die Suppe, gewürzt
gekruid met teleurstelling --mit Enttäuschung, treibt Tränen --
We huilen ervan.uns in die Augen.

 Poem H4389
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-22
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-4 "All-India radio"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


My flower necklace,

she throws it away, doesn't want --


to be manacled.


Ach, mijn bloemensnoer,Meine Blumenschnur,
ze gooit het weg, ze wil niet --sie wirft sie weg, sie will nicht --
geketend worden.gekettet werden.

 Poem H4390
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-22
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-5 "Love in Bombay"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


My punishment was

to be silent, I still hear --


its hollow echo.


Voor straf moest ik stilZur Strafe musste
zijn, nog steeds hoor ik daarvan --ich schweigen, ich höre noch --
de holle echo.das hohle Echo.

 Poem S2058
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-22
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-3 "Accident in a washing-chest" (9 years old)
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


I fall, blood drips and

it hurts a lot, so I stuff --


my mouth full of snow.


Ik val, er drupt bloedIch falle, Blut tropft
en het doet pijn, dus prop ik --und es tut weh, ich stopfe --
mijn mond vol met sneeuw.mir Schnee in den Mund.

 Poem H4387
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-21
 Aurora (Björk) - 2001
 Song (album "Vespertine")
 Tribute to: Bjork 
 Collection: Skin-contact 


Every now and then

a fragment, I sense what's left --


of the past, in me.


Af en toe een flard,Manchmal ein Fragment,
ik tast af wat over is --ich taste was von früher --
van vroeger, in mij.übrig ist, in mir.

 Poem H4382
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-20
 Collection: Local traffic 


Knowing each other

from before, and not knowing --


but knowing life now.


Elkaar van vroegerSich von früher schon
kennen, en niet meer kennen --kennen, und nicht mehr kennen --
Het leven kennen.Das Leben kennen.

 Poem H4383
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-20
 Collection: The Yellow House Museum 


I care about you,

my feelings know it, they long --


to be together.


Om elkaar geven,Wir haben uns gern,
omdat je gevoel dat weet --mein Gefühl weiß das, möchte --
en wil samenzijn.immer bei dir sein.

 Poem H4384
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-20
 Collection: Without reserve 


Distant relatives,

always a familiar frame --


Sometimes you step in.


Verre familie,Verwandte bilden
het blijft een vertrouwd kader --einen vertrauten Rahmen --
waar je soms instapt.Manchmal steigt man ein.

 Poem H4385
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-20
 Collection: The Yellow House Museum 


The dear family

photo, with a golden edge --


of melancholy.


Lieve familie-Das Familien-
foto, met een gouden rand --Foto, mit goldenem Rand --
een lijst van weemoed.Rahmen der Wehmut.

 Poem H4386
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-20
 Photo (Herman de Coninck) - 1980
 Poem "Foto" (collection "Met een klank van hobo")
 Tribute to: De Coninck, Herman 
 Collection: Em Brace 


These are caring days..

We eat, we work and we bath --


These are perfect days.


Zorgzame dagen.Wir sind fürsorglich:
Eten, werken en in bad --Essen, Arbeiten, Baden --
Perfecte dagen.Perfekte Tage.

 Poem H4378
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-19
 Perfect days (Wim Wenders) - 2023
 Film (screenplay Wim Wenders and Takuma Takasaki)
Song "Perfect Day" (1972, Lou Reed, album "Transformer"), but without heroin

 Tribute to: Wenders, Wim 
 Tribute to: Takasaki, Takuma 
 Collection: More 


One never knows when.

Well, a next time is nothing --


more than that: next time.


Je weet nooit wanneer.Man weiß doch nie wann.
Ach, een volgende keer is --Na ja, ein nächstes Mal ist --
de volgende keer.einfach nächstes Mal.

 Poem H4379
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-19
 Perfect days (Wim Wenders) - 2023
 Film (screenplay Wim Wenders and Takuma Takasaki)
 Tribute to: Wenders, Wim 
 Tribute to: Takasaki, Takuma 
 Collection: Summer birds 


Living to the full,

always searching for balance --


and finding myself.


Voluit leven, steedsVoll und ganz leben,
zoeken naar een evenwicht --immer nach Balance suchen --
en mezelf vinden.und mich selbst finden.

 Poem H4380
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-19
 Dedicated to: Maria Godschalk 
 Collection: On living on [1] 


The pointing finger.

Does it point to my finger?


To my path in life?


Wijst de wijzendeZeigt der zeigende
vinger naar mijn vinger, dus --Finger auf meinen Finger?
naar mijn bestemming?Auf mein Lebensziel?

 Poem H4381
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-19
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 2-1 "The fisherman's pointing finger"
Painting "The Creation" on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome (1508-1512, Michelangelo Buonarroti)
S0232: I point to the moon. / But the poet keeps looking -- // at my forefinger. (1999, Hugo Claus)

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Tribute to: Michelangelo 
 Collection: Low gear 


Leave liquor bottles

closed, you would free a demon --


that is ravenous.


Laat drankflessen dicht,Öffne keine Schnapps-
anders bevrijd je een geest --Flaschen, befreie keinen --
die hongerig is.hungrigen Dämon.

 Poem S2057
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-19
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Djinns
Novel, chapter 2-1 "The fisherman's pointing finger"

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


I half-hold her hand,

it's the cautious beginning --


of saying goodbye.


Ik houd haar hand vast,Ihre Hand halte
half, ik begin voorzichtig --ich halb, so beginne ich --
afscheid te nemen.unseren Abschied.

 Poem H4374
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-18
 Perfect silence (Thomas Verbogt) - 2011
 Novel "Perfecte stilte", chapter To help us
 Tribute to: Verbogt, Thomas 
 Collection: After the festivities 


The tension is gone:

it's important, or it's not --


and now it comes out.


De spanning is weg:Die Spannung ist weg:
het is belangrijk, of niet --es ist wichtig, oder nicht --
en nu komt dat uit.und jetzt zeigt sich das.

 Poem H4375
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-18
 Perfect silence (Thomas Verbogt) - 2011
 Novel "Perfecte stilte", chapter A contrived thought
 Tribute to: Verbogt, Thomas 
 Collection: Thinkles Lusionless 


We sit together

in the yard, nothing happens --


It couldn't be better!


We zitten samenWir sind im Garten
in de tuin, er gebeurt niets --und nichts passiert, es könnte --
Mooier kan het niet!gar nicht besser sein!

 Poem H4376
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-18
 Perfect silence (Thomas Verbogt) - 2011
 Novel "Perfecte stilte", chapter Very white
 Tribute to: Verbogt, Thomas 
 Collection: Home sea 


I live alone, I

feel at home in solitude --


The perfect silence.


Ik woon graag alleen,In der Einsamkeit
voel me thuis in eenzaamheid --fühle ich mich zu Hause --
Perfecte stilte.Perfekte Stille.

 Poem H4377
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-18
 Perfect silence (Thomas Verbogt) - 2011
 Novel "Perfecte stilte", chapter The heartfelt wasteland
 Tribute to: Verbogt, Thomas 
 Collection: Shelter 


Without a sound I

call for help in eerily --


yet perfect silence.


Zonder geluid roepLautlos rufe ich
ik om hulp in akelig --um Hilfe in unheimlich --
perfecte stilte.perfekter Stille.

 Poem S2055
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-18
 Perfect silence (Thomas Verbogt) - 2011
 Novel "Perfecte stilte", chapter I need
 Tribute to: Verbogt, Thomas 
 Collection: Unseen 


Should I continue

her life, and keep inventing --


how she would do things?


Wil ik haar levenSoll ich ihr Leben
voortzetten, steeds verzinnen --fortsetzen, stets erfinden --
hoe zij het zou doen?was sie tun würde?

 Poem S2056
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-18
 Perfect silence (Thomas Verbogt) - 2011
 Novel "Perfecte stilte", chapter Looking back
 Tribute to: Verbogt, Thomas 
 Collection: Stall 


You don't live to get

to know yourself, nonetheless --


it is part of it.


Je leeft niet om je-Man lebt nicht, um sich
zelf te leren kennen, maar --kennenzulernen, dennoch --
het hoort er wel bij.gehört es dazu.

 Poem H4371
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-17
 Perfect silence (Thomas Verbogt) - 2011
 Novel "Perfecte stilte", chapter Ritual
 Tribute to: Verbogt, Thomas 
 Collection: Finethreads 


Barefoot, my mother

squats next to me in the grass --


very intimate.


Op blote voetenMeine Mutter hockt
hurkt mijn moeder in het gras --barfuß neben mir im Gras --
heel intiem naast mij.ganz intim nahe.

 Poem H4372
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-17
 Perfect silence (Thomas Verbogt) - 2011
 Novel "Perfecte stilte", chapter Summertime
 Tribute to: Verbogt, Thomas 
 Collection: The sweet curve 


I can't sleep because

of the boys in their beds who --


are pining for me.


Ik kan niet slapenIch kann nicht schlafen
van de jongens in hun bed --wegen den Jungs im Bett, die --
die naar mij smachten.sich nach mir sehnen.

 Poem H4367
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-16
 Collection: Freend 


You more or less know

what kind of day it will be --


Now you colour it.


Je weet ongeveerMan weiß ungefähr,
wat voor dag het worden zal --was für ein Tag es sein wird --
Nu nog inkleuren.Dann malt man es aus.

 Poem H4368
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-16
 Collection: New Ago 


Enticed by the scent

near her moving hand, a bee --


seeks for her flower.


Gelokt door de geurIhre Hand bewegt
bij haar bewegende hand --sich und riecht, die Biene sucht --
zoekt een bij haar bloem.nach ihrer Blume.

 Poem H4369
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-16
 Punani (Hawaiian Puanani = splendid flower, vagina)
 Collection: It takes a lot of tries to make a début 


What would you do then?

This angel has been injured --


so he cannot fly!


Wat zou jij dan doen?Was würdest du tun?
Deze engel is gewond --Der Engel ist verwundet --
Hij kan niet vliegen!Er kann nicht fliegen!

 Poem H4370
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-16
 The Wounded Angel (Hugo Simberg) - 1903
 "Haavoittunut enkeli", Finland's 'National Painting'
 Tribute to: Simberg, Hugo 
 Collection: Without reserve 


A lie for a lie,

doom for doom and fear for fear --


The truth is missing.


Leugen om leugen,Lüge um Lüge,
doem om doem en angst om angst --Not um Not und Angst um Angst --
De waarheid is zoek.Es fehlt die Wahrheit.

 Poem S2053
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-16
 Collection: Webgarden 


So many strangers

everywhere. They are still here --


lying in their graves.


Er zijn veel vreemdenSo viele Fremde
overal. Hier liggen ze --überall. Hier liegen sie --
nog in hun graven.in ihren Gräbern.

 Poem S2054
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-16
 Collection: Changing Times 


Let us caress, not

kiss in anticipation --


of what is coming.


Strelen is beterLasst uns doch streicheln,
dan kussend wachten op wat --nicht küssen in Erwartung --
ik weet dat er komt.dessen, was dann kommt.

 Poem H4366
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-15
 Big Eight (Vrouwkje Tuinman) - 2005
 Novel "Grote acht" (route of two circles in dressage), chapter Twenty-three (years old)
 Tribute to: Tuinman, Vrouwkje 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 0s 


He kisses me, it's

predictable what he wants --


That doesn't excite me.


Hij kust me, het isEr küsst mich, es ist
zo voorspelbaar wat hij wil --vorhersehbar was er will --
het windt me niet op.und das reizt mich nicht.

 Poem S2050
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-15
 Big Eight (Vrouwkje Tuinman) - 2005
 Novel "Grote acht" (route of two circles in dressage), chapter Twenty-three (years old)
 Tribute to: Tuinman, Vrouwkje 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 0s 


I've a busy head,

it's full and so much bigger --


than the rest of me.


Ik heb een druk hoofd,Mein Kopf ist hektisch,
het is vol en veel groter --sehr voll und so viel größer --
dan de rest van mij.als der Rest von mir.

 Poem S2051
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-15
 Big Eight (Vrouwkje Tuinman) - 2005
 Novel "Grote acht" (route of two circles in dressage), chapter Twenty-three (years old)
 Tribute to: Tuinman, Vrouwkje 
 Collection: Within the walls 


It may be decent

manners that I seemed sad, but --


to me it's boring.


Het hoorde wel zo,Es gehört sich so,
dat ik verdrietig leek, maar --dass ich traurig bin, aber --
ik vond er niets aan.mir gefällt es nicht.

 Poem S2052
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-15
 Big Eight (Vrouwkje Tuinman) - 2005
 Novel "Grote acht" (route of two circles in dressage), chapter Seventeen (years old)
 Tribute to: Tuinman, Vrouwkje 
 Collection: Blankets of snow 


Our conversations

are silent conversations --


There is no anger.


Onze gesprekkenUnsre Gespräche
zijn zwijggesprekken zonder --sind schweigende Gespräche --
enige boosheid.ohne jede Wut.

 Poem H4365
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-14
 Big Eight (Vrouwkje Tuinman) - 2005
 Novel "Grote acht" (route of two circles in dressage), chapter Twenty-one (years old)
 Tribute to: Tuinman, Vrouwkje 
 Collection: Em Brace 


What does my father

smell like inside, how much worse --


than his stinking breath?


Hoe ruikt mijn vaderWie riecht mein Vater
van binnen, hoeveel erger --drinnen, wie viel schrecklicher --
dan zijn adem stinkt?als sein Atem stinkt?

 Poem S2047
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-14
 Big Eight (Vrouwkje Tuinman) - 2005
 Novel "Grote acht" (route of two circles in dressage), chapter Eleven (years old) #2
 Tribute to: Tuinman, Vrouwkje 
 Collection: Within the walls 


Dad cheerfully asks

about my boyfriend and soon --


he nags for details.


Vader vraagt vrolijkVater fragt fröhlich
naar mijn vriendje en al gauw --nach meinem Freund und bald auch --
zeurt hij om details.nach Einzelheiten.

 Poem S2048
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-14
 Big Eight (Vrouwkje Tuinman) - 2005
 Novel "Grote acht" (route of two circles in dressage), chapter Eleven (years old) #2
 Tribute to: Tuinman, Vrouwkje 
 Collection: Truder 


It is hard to talk

about it, so I'd rather --


let it stay this way.


Erover pratenEs ist schwer, über
is moeilijk, laat het liever --das zu reden, lasse es --
toch maar zo blijven.lieber so bleiben.

 Poem S2049
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-14
 Big Eight (Vrouwkje Tuinman) - 2005
 Novel "Grote acht" (route of two circles in dressage), chapter Fourteen (years old)
 Tribute to: Tuinman, Vrouwkje 
 Collection: Stall 


Something different:

a story of a search what --


crime was committed.


Een keer wat anders:Etwas anderes:
een verhaal van een zoektocht --ein Buch über die Suche --
naar iemands misdaad.nach dem Verbrechen.

 Poem H4362
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-13
 The event (Peter Terrin) - 2022
 Novel "De gebeurtenis", chapter Frouke
 Tribute to: Terrin, Peter 
 Collection: Glimpsed 


Love does prove itself

in attentively hearing --


of what is not said.


Liefde bewijst zichLiebe erweist sich
in een oplettend horen --im aufmerksamen Hören --
wat niet gezegd wordt.was nicht gesagt wird.

 Poem H4363
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-13
 The event (Peter Terrin) - 2022
 Novel "De gebeurtenis", chapter Juliette (3) #1
 Tribute to: Terrin, Peter 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 20s 


I just stopped writing

that diary of mine since --


it is never true.


Ik ben maar gestoptIch schreibe nicht mehr
met dat dagboekschrift van mij --in mein Tagebuch, weil es --
want het klopt toch nooit.sowieso nie stimmt.

 Poem H4364
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-13
 Big Eight (Vrouwkje Tuinman) - 2005
 Novel "Grote acht" (route of two circles in dressage), chapter [*] #12
 Tribute to: Tuinman, Vrouwkje 
 Collection: Held True 


It's never about

first this and then that, a truth --


is a coherence.


Het gaat nooit om eerstEs geht nie um erst
dit en toen dat, een waarheid --und dann, eine Wahrheit ist --
is een samenhang.ein Zusammenhang.

 Poem H4359
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-12
 The event (Peter Terrin) - 2022
 Novel "De gebeurtenis", chapter Juliette (2) #1
 Tribute to: Terrin, Peter 
 Collection: Thinkles Lusionless 


My nose in the cat,

the fur smells lovely, like a --


freshly steamed blanket.


Mijn neus in de poes,Das Fell der Katze
de vacht ruikt net als een net --riecht genau wie eine frisch --
gestoomde deken.gedämpfte Decke.

 Poem H4360
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-12
 The event (Peter Terrin) - 2022
 Novel "De gebeurtenis", chapter Anna #5
 Tribute to: Terrin, Peter 
 Collection: Skin-contact 


The wind blows, nothing

happens, maybe unless you --


look to see something.


Wind, er gebeurt niets,Es weht, nichts passiert,
behalve misschien als je --außer wenn man hinschaut, um --
kijkt om iets te zien.etwas zu sehen.

 Poem H4361
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-12
 The event (Peter Terrin) - 2022
 Novel "De gebeurtenis", chapter Frederik (2) #1 - "The 'looking' was the event"
 Tribute to: Terrin, Peter 
 Collection: Held True 


I don't want to be

famous, just to do my own --


thing and be the best.


Ik wil niet beroemdIch möchte einfach
zijn, maar mijn eigen gang gaan --mein eigenes Ding machen --
en de beste zijn.und der Beste sein.

 Poem H4356
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-11
 I was one of those boys (Gerrit Krol) - 1977
 Column "Ik was zo'n jongetje", in the VPRO listings magazine
 Tribute to: Krol, Gerrit 
 Collection: Specialities 


I really need to

go outside and get some air --


I need the silence.


Ik moet echt evenIch muss unbedingt
naar buiten, even wat lucht --nach draußen und etwas Luft --
en stilte happen.und Stille schnappen.

 Poem H4357
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-11
 Your lace may be loose (Marcel van Roosmalen) - 2023
 Family hustle and bustle
Column "Je veter zit misschien los" (in NRC, December 11th, 2023)

 Tribute to: Van Roosmalen, Marcel 
 Collection: Within the walls 


My big brother is

a regular straight guy, well --


nothing you can do.


Mijn grote broer isMein großer Bruder
een gewone hetero --ist ein Hetero-Typ, da --
tsja, niets aan te doen.kann man nichts machen.

 Poem H4358
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-11
 The event (Peter Terrin) - 2022
 Novel "De gebeurtenis", chapter Frederik (1)
 Tribute to: Terrin, Peter 
 Collection: Specialities 


Lost music, lost notes,

or just lost thoughts, waifs and strays --


Elusive moments.


Verdwaalde noten,Verirrte Noten,
of verdwaalde gedachten --oder verirrtes Denken --
Ongrijpbare tijd.Ungreifbare Zeit.

 Poem S2046
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-11
 Collection: Local traffic 


A storm is rising,

my peace is disturbed, I have --


to get on with life.


Er steekt een storm op,Ein Sturm zieht auf, stört
mijn rust wordt verstoord, ik moet --meinen Frieden, aber ich --
verder met leven.muss weiterleben.

 Poem H4355
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-10
 The Cemetery By the Sea (Paul Valéry) - 1922
 Poem "Le Cimetière marin", last verse
 Tribute to: Valery, Paul 
 Collection: On the fly 


We pile up power

and build the tallest tower --


Then it collapses.


We stapelen macht,Wir häufen Macht an,
bouwen de hoogste torens --bauen die höchsten Türme --
tot ze instorten.bis sie einstürzen.

 Poem S2045
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-10
 Slow Train (Bob Dylan) - 1979
 Song (album "Slow Train Coming")
 Tribute to: Dylan, Bob 
 Collection: Great Flow 


Zywa What are we waiting for?

Is she here, is this the address, or
the end of the world?
Have I been here before?
Tell me how it is!
     Where could she be?

Where can I take shelter from the cutting wind
and what has come over that brass band out there
in the open field? Did she embrace me here
when she let me go, when she said
     Forget Me Not!

I just stand there staring at the door
of that trailer, I smell the wild animals
but nothing happens, is anyone there?
Tell me what we're waiting for
     Who should I contact?

I know I took off my clothes and knelt
among fools on the stalled train, a gypsy
waved a tattered flag and the red light
of his ring was an alarm, on, off, on, off
     It's not a dream, this is real!

I know the people, the game is played hard
and when the time comes, I'm ready
then I'll come right away, and if it's elsewhere
we'll just set fire to it here
     What are we waiting for?

 Poem 5395
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-09
 Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) (Bob Dylan) - 1978
 Song, album "Street-Legal"
 Tribute to: Dylan, Bob 
 Collection: Great Flow 


I am very sure,

I must be dead, nowhere here --


is there any waste.


Ik weet het zeker,Ich bin mir sicher,
ik moet dood zijn, want nergens --ich muss tot sein, nirgendwo --
is er hier afval.gibt es hier Abfall.

 Poem H4351
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-09
 Collection: Local contractions 


There is something, It

is earthly, I sense it, shreds --


of a mystery.


Er is iets, dat IetsDoch, es gibt Etwas
is aards, ik voel het, flarden --(Irdisches), ich spür Fetzen --
geheimzinnigheid.des Geheimnisses.

 Poem H4352
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-09
 groundhand (Piet-Jan van Rossum) - 2022
 "Ietsism" (the belief that there is Something that transcends everything)
Composition #108 "aardhand", for ensemble Orkest De Ereprijs, performed by Orkest De Ereprijs in the Organpark on December 9th, 2023

 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Without falling I get

ahead of my legs, it is --


quite an exercise!


Zonder te vallenOhne zu fallen
loop ik mijn benen voorbij --bin ich vorschnell, schon eine --
Wat een oefening!ziemliche Übung!

 Poem H4353
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-09
 oneliner (Andries van Rossem) - 2014
 Instrumental line composition "oneliner" (2014, Andries van Rossem) for organ, performed on the Van Straten organ by Francesca Ajossa in the Organpark on December 9th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Look for a long time -

you'll merge into the colour:


into It, Something


Als je lang genoegWenn man lange schaut,
kijkt ga je op in de kleur:geht man in der Farbe auf:
in iets, in Het, Iets.im großen Etwas

 Poem H4354
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-09
 Rothko (Andries van Rossem) - 2007
 "Ietsism" (the belief that there is Something that transcends everything)
Composition for organ and alto saxophone, performed by Ko Zwanenburg and Ties Mellema in the Organpark on December 4th, 2007, and by Francesca Ajossa and Erik-Jan de With in the Organpark on December 9th, 2023

 Tribute to: Rothko, Mark 
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


There are dangers on

my flight from the scimitar --


Will death await me?


Welk gevaar wacht mijGefahren lauern
op mijn vlucht voor het kromzwaard?auf der Flucht vor dem Krummschwert --
Waar wacht mij de dood?Werde ich sterben?

 Poem S2042
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-09
 (The Gardener and Death) - 600
 Babylonian Talmud, sukkah 53a (c. 600 AD) >> Rumi's tale about King Solomon and Azrael, the Angel of Death (Mathnawi, book I) >> Short story in the novel "Le grand écart" (1923, Jean Cocteau) >> Poem "De tuinman en de dood" ("The Gardener and Death", 1926, Pieter N. Van Eyck), and the novel "The Golden House" (2017, Salman Rushdie), chapter (2-) 28
Islamic State

 Tribute to: Van Eyck, Pieter N 
 Tribute to: Anon. [Israel] 
 Collection: Chance 


You are here with me

and the world is everywhere --


You can talk through it.


Jij bent hier bij mij,Du bist hier bei mir
de wereld is overal --und die Welt ist überall --
Praat er maar doorheen.Spreche einfach durch.

 Poem S2043
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-09
 Say only a word (Annija Zarina) - 2023
 Composition for large ensemble, performed by Orchestra De Ereprijs in the Organpark on December 9th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The cattle wails, out

of the truck, into the hall --


ignorant, knowing.


Angstig klaagt het vee,Das Vieh heult vor Angst,
de wagen uit, de hal in --es muss rein in die Halle --
onwetend, wetend.unwissend, wissend.

 Poem S2044
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-09
 Modular 4 for Fourteen (Seung-Won Oh) - 2022
 Composition for large wind ensemble, performed by the fourteen musicians of Orchestra De Ereprijs in the Organpark on December 9th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


After the slaughter

there's silence, is anyone --


plotting acts of peace?


Na de slachtpartijNach der Schlachtung ist
is het stil, beraamt iemand --es still, plant irgendjemand --
nog een vredesdaad?einen Friedenstat?

 Poem S2039
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-08
 Collection: PumicePieces 


Killing people and

leaving them in the streets day --


after day to rot.


Mensen vermoordenMenschen ermorden
en hen dag na dag op straat --und sie dann auf der Straße --
laten verrotten.verrotten lassen.

 Poem S2040
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-08
 Antigone (Sophocles) - -442
 Play
Terror of gangs and regimes

 Tribute to: Sophokles 
 Collection: PumicePieces 


Only slept little:

you were looking for something --


and then time crawled on.


Weinig geslapen:Wenig geschlafen:
jij zocht naar iets en daarna --du hast nach etwas gesucht --
kroop de tijd voorbij.die Zeit kroch weiter.

 Poem S2041
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-08
 In bed together
 Collection: Local contractions 


While they wait around

the grave, people talk softly --


about the weather.


Wachtend om het grafUm das Grab herum
praten de mensen zachtjes --reden die Leute leise --
over de hitte.über die Hitze.

 Poem H4347
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-07
 Labor Day (Louise Glück) - 1990
 Poem (collection "Ararat")
 Tribute to: Glueck, Louise 
 Collection: Stream 


They can be loving:

father talks to the dog and --


my son lures the cat.


Ze kunnen lief zijn:Sie können lieb sein:
vader praat met de hond en --Vater spricht mit dem Hund und --
mijn zoon lokt de kat.mein Sohn lockt Mieze.

 Poem H4348
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-07
 Children Coming Home From School - 2 (Louise Glück) - 1990
 Poem (collection "Ararat")
 Tribute to: Glueck, Louise 
 Collection: Em Brace 


Love me, so leave me

alone, there is no place here --


but for me, you see.


Houd van mij, laat meLiebe mich, lass mich
met rust, er is geen plaats hier --in Ruhe, hier ist kein Platz --
behalve voor mij.nur für mich allein.

 Poem H4349
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-07
 Animals (Louise Glück) - 1990
 Poem (collection "Ararat")
 Tribute to: Glueck, Louise 
 Collection: Wean Di 


When we say goodbye,

my waving hand trembles, but --


father doesn't notice.


We nemen afscheid.Abschied, ich winke.
Mijn zwaaiende hand trilt, maar --Meine Hand zittert, aber --
vader merkt het niet.Vater merkt es nicht.

 Poem H4350
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-07
 Terminal Resemblance (Louise Glück) - 1990
 Poem (collection "Ararat")
 Tribute to: Glueck, Louise 
 Collection: Em Brace 


Upon your death, friends

unanimously agree --


on your character.


Meteen bij je doodGleich bei deinem Tod
weten vrienden eensgezind --sind Freunde einer Meinung --
wat voor mens je was.über dein Wesen.

 Poem S2038
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-07
 Lament (Louise Glück) - 1990
 Poem (collection "Ararat")
 Tribute to: Glueck, Louise 
 Collection: Over 


The ecstatic heart-

brake in that opera song --


while we're having sex.


Het extatischeDas ekstatische
liefdesverdriet in dat lied --Herzeleid in diesem Lied --
terwijl wij vrijen.während wir schmusen.

 Poem H4341
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-06
 The Balcony (Louise Glück) - 2000
 Poem (collection "The Seven Ages")
 Tribute to: Glueck, Louise 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 0s 


On the windowsill,

a bird, does it sing to me?


Is it bringing news?


Er landt een vogelEin Vogel landet
in het raam, zingt ze me toe?im Fenster, singt er zu mir?
Brengt ze een boodschap?Gibt's eine Nachricht?

 Poem H4342
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-06
 Penelope's Stubbornness (Louise Glück) - 1996
 Poem (collection "Meadowlands")
 Tribute to: Glueck, Louise 
 Collection: Chance 


Changes can be hard,

or smooth, be destruction or --


a pile of boxes.


Veranderingen,Veränderungen,
hard of zacht, verwoesting of --hart, weich, Zerstörung oder --
een stapel dozen.ein Stapel Kisten.

 Poem H4343
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-06
 Collection: Migration 


Without you I will

buy all kinds of food and clothes --


you disapproved of.


Zonder jou zal ikOhne dich werd ich
eten en kleren kopen --Essen und Kleidung kaufen --
waar jij niet van hield.die du nicht mochtest.

 Poem H4344
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-06
 Collection: Changing Times 


Over the water

my name sounds strange, sounds loaded --


with something unknown.


Over het waterÜber den Wasser
klinkt mijn naam vreemd, geladen --klingt mein Name geladen --
met iets onbekends.mit etwas Fremdem.

 Poem H4345
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-06
 Collection: Local traffic 


Hitch-hike is okay,

okay, bye bye, thanks a lot --


Okaybyebyethanks!


Liften is oké,Trampen ist okay,
oké, doei doei, dank je wel --okay, tschüss tschüss und danke --
Okedoeibedankt!Okaytschüssdanke!

 Poem H4346
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-06
 Okaybyethankyou – Seeyoutwasfun (Annelotte Coster, Wilko Sterke and Tess van der Velde) - 2022
 Film and song "Okedoeibedankt - Totlaterwasleuk" (2022, direction Nicole van Kilsdonk, song by Annelotte Coster, Wilko Sterke, and Tess van der Velde)
 Tribute to: Coster, Annelotte 
 Tribute to: Van der Velde, Tess 
 Collection: Wean Di 


I do as I like,

Mum stays calm, I don't know if --


I even exist.


Mama blijft rustig,Ich kann alles tun,
wat ik ook doe, ik weet niet --Mama bleibt ruhig, als ob --
of ik wel besta.ich nicht da wäre.

 Poem S2036
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-06
 Telemachus' Guilt (Louise Glück) - 1996
 Poem (collection "Meadowlands")
 Tribute to: Glueck, Louise 
 Collection: Unseen 


The corner café

must close, because times have changed --


There is a new law.


Het oude caféDie alte Kneipe
gaat sluiten, dicht moet het --muss jetzt schließen, des neuen --
van de nieuwe wet.Gesetzes wegen.

 Poem H4339
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-05
 Goodbye café (Willem Wilmink) - 1969
 Song "Adieu café", sung by Herman van Veen (album "Herman van Veen II"), also published in Willem Wilmink's collection "Goejanverwellesluis" (1971)
 Tribute to: Wilmink, Willem 
 Tribute to: Van Veen, Herman 
 Collection: Over 


A stone on a stone

on a stone, that's how I climb --


higher and higher.


Een steen op een steenStein auf Stein auf Stein,
op een steen, zo klim ik steeds --so klettere ich immer --
verder naar boven.weiter auf und auf.

 Poem H4340
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-05
 Construction Workers Song (Willem Wilmink) - 1979
 Song "Bouwvakkerslied", a variation on the song "Deze vuist op deze vuist" ("This fist on this fist"), for the TV-program "De film van Ome Willem" ("Uncle William's Film")
 Tribute to: Wilmink, Willem 
 Collection: Stream 


The Sex Ed booklet:

man and woman hand in hand --


keeping their distance.


Voorlichtingsboekje:Das Aufklärungsbuch
man en vrouw staan hand in hand --zeigt Mann und Frau Hand in Hand --
Ze houden afstand.Sie wahren Abstand.

 Poem S2035
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-05
 At the River (Louise Glück) - 2009
 Poem (collection "A Village Life")
 Tribute to: Glueck, Louise 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 0s 


Dad drinks Mama's wine,

thinking of the old days, when --


they drank together.


Papa drinkt mama'sPapa trinkt Mamas
wijn en denkt aan vroeger, toen --Wein und denkt an früher, als --
ze samen dronken.sie beide tranken.

 Poem S2036
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-05
 At the River (Louise Glück) - 2009
 Poem (collection "A Village Life")
 Tribute to: Glueck, Louise 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 0s 


Just come into my

garden, here, under my sky --


my sun is shining.


Kom maar in mijn tuin,Komm nur in meinen
want hier onder mijn hemel --Garten, in dem immer hell --
schijnt altijd mijn zon.meine Sonne scheint.

 Poem H4335
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-04
 there is another sky (Emily Dickinson) - 1851
 Poem (Franklin A13-2, Johnson #2)
 Tribute to: Dickinson, Emily 
 Collection: Finethreads 


I felt it deeply,

forever I will know what --


it is to make love.


Ik heb het gevoeld,Ich hab's tief gespürt,
voor altijd zal ik weten --was Liebe ist, werde ich --
wat beminnen is.für immer wissen.

 Poem H4336
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-04
 He touched me, so I live to know (Emily Dickinson) - 1862
 Poem (Franklin #349, Johnson #506)
 Tribute to: Dickinson, Emily 
 Collection: Love Mind and Death 


You called me Great, right,

I'll be whatever you wish:


Great, Small, always Yours!


Geweldig heb jeGroßartig hast du
mij genoemd, goed, wat je wilt:mich genannt, gut, was du willst:
Groot, Klein, de Jouwe!Groß oder Klein, Deins!

 Poem H4337
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-04
 You said that I 'was Great' - one Day - (Emily Dickinson) - 1863
 Poem (Franklin #736, Johnson #738)
 Tribute to: Dickinson, Emily 
 Collection: Love Mind and Death 


I was well prepared,

but when you came, it melted --


in my happiness.


Ik was voorbereid,Gut vorbereitet,
maar toen jij eindelijk kwam --aber als du endlich kamst --
smolt dat in geluk.verschmolz es im Glück.

 Poem H4338
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-04
 I thought the Train would never come (Emily Dickinson) - 1878
 Poem (Franklin #1473, Johnson #1449)
 Tribute to: Dickinson, Emily 
 Collection: Love Mind and Death 


We've been together

and we say goodbye, hoping --


but failing to do.


We waren samenDer Abschied nach dem
en namen afscheid, hoopten --Beisammensein: wir hofften --
maar lieten het na.taten aber nichts.

 Poem S2034
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-04
 He was weak, and I was strong - then - (Emily Dickinson) - 1860
 Poem (Franklin #221, Johnson #190)
 Tribute to: Dickinson, Emily 
 Collection: Love Mind and Death 


Spring, this is the time

to enjoy the game of love --


Forward! Move out now!


Lente, nu zal ikFrühling, ich werde
van de liefde genieten --mir die Liebe genießen --
Vooruit! Eropuit!Raus! Jetzt geht es los!

 Poem H4333
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-03
 The joyous face of Spring (Carmina Burana) - 1200
 Song "Veris leta facies" from the collection "Songs from Bebnediktbeuern", set to music by Carl Orff in 1937
 Tribute to: Anon. [Deutschland] 
 Composer:  
 Collection: Love Mind and Death 


A serious life:

building your house on a rock --


resisting the wind.


Wie ernstig levenWer ernsthaft leben
wil, bouwt zijn huis op een rots --will, baut sein Haus auf Felsen --
en trotseert de wind.und er trotzt dem Wind.

 Poem H4334
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-03
 Seething inside (Carmina Burana) - 1200
 Song "Estuans intrinsecus" from the collection "Songs from Bebnediktbeuern", set to music by Carl Orff in 1937
 Tribute to: Anon. [Deutschland] 
 Composer:  
 Collection: Specialities 


Fate and the moon both

grow big and then become small:


one ends with nothing.


Het lot en de maanSchicksal und Mond, sie
groeien groot en worden klein:wachsen groß und werden klein:
je eindigt met niets.man endet mit Nichts.

 Poem S2031
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-03
 Oh Fortune (Carmina Burana) - 1200
 Song "O Fortuna" from the collection "Songs from Bebnediktbeuern", set to music by Carl Orff in 1937
 Tribute to: Anon. [Deutschland] 
 Composer:  
 Collection: Chance 


The graceful white swan

becomes browner, nicely cooked --


No more flying though...


De mooie witteDer schöne weiße
zwaan wordt bruiner, lekker gaar --Schwan wird brauner, schön gegart --
Ach, ze vliegt niet meer...Na, er fliegt nicht mehr...

 Poem S2032
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-03
 Once I swam in lakes (Carmina Burana) - 1200
 Song "Olim lacus colueram" from the collection "Songs from Bebnediktbeuern", set to music by Carl Orff in 1937
 Tribute to: Anon. [Deutschland] 
 Composer:  
 Collection: Human excess 


I drink to the host,

to my drinking fellows and --


to my last money...


Ik drink op de waard,Trinke auf den Wirt,
op mijn lotgenoten en --auf meine Genossen und --
op mijn laatste geld...auf mein letztes Geld...

 Poem S2033
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-03
 When we are in the tavern (Carmina Burana) - 1200
 Song "In taberna quando sumus" from the collection "Songs from Bebnediktbeuern", set to music by Carl Orff in 1937
 Tribute to: Anon. [Deutschland] 
 Composer:  
 Collection: Actively Passive 


It is white around

my cabin in the mountains --


The snow is deep here.


Het is wit rondomUm meine Hütte
mijn hutje in de bergen --in den Bergen ist es weiß --
De sneeuw is hier diep.Der Schnee ist hier tief.

 Poem H4331
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-02
 Theme of the Japanese poet Saigyo - 1190
 Saigyo (1118-1190)
 Tribute to: Saigyo 
 Collection: Local contractions 


The audience chose

me and now it holds me in --


silent attention.


Het publiek koos mijDas Publikum hat
en houdt me nu gevangen --mich ausgewählt und hält mich --
in stille aandacht.in Aufmerksamkeit.

 Poem H4332
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-02
 Boxmeer / Lecture (Abdelkader Benali) - 2017
 Poems "Boxmeer" and "Lezing" (collection "Wax Hollandais")
 Tribute to: Benali, Abdelkader 
 Collection: Wean Di 


The moon shines sorrow

into me, yet I'm looking --


through a haze of tears.


De maan schijnt verdrietDer Mond scheint Trauer
in mij, toch kijk ik ernaar --in mich, ich schaue ihn an --
door mijn tranen heen.durch meine Tränen.

 Poem H4326
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-01
 Poem by Saigyo - 1190
 Poem by the monk ("Hoshi") Saigyo (1118-1190): Nageke tote / Tsuki ya wa mono o / Omowasuru / Kakochi gao naru / Waga namida kana
 Tribute to: Saigyo 
 Collection: Moist glow 


Gloomy the autumn

has come to the forest hut --


where no people come.


Somber is de herfstDüster ist der Herbst
bij de boshut gekomen --zur Waldhütte gekommen --
waar nooit iemand komt.wo niemand hinkommt.

 Poem H4327
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-01
 Poem by Egyo - 1100
 Poem by the monk ("Hoshi") Egyo (c. 1100): Yaemugura / Shigereru yado no / Sabishiki ni / Hito koso miene / Aki wa ki ni keri
 Tribute to: Egyo 
 Collection: Shelter 


Autumn leaves floating

in the river, the water --


now wears gold brocade.


Bladeren drijvenHerbstblätter schwimmen
in de rivier, het water --im Waldfluss, dessen Wasser --
draagt nu goudbrokaat.jetzt Goldbrokat trägt.

 Poem H4328
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-01
 Poem by Noin - 950
 Poem by the monk ("Hoshi") Noin (10th century): Arashi fuku / Mimuro no yama no / Momijiba wa / Tatsuta no kawa no / Nishiki nari keri
 Tribute to: Noin 
 Collection: No wonder 


The autumn wind is

already there, but people --


still bath in the brook.


De ruisende windDer rauschende Herbst-
van de herfst waait al, maar nog --wind weht bereits, aber noch --
baadt men in de beek.badet man im Bach.

 Poem H4329
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-01
 Poem by Fujiwara no Ietaka - 1237
 Poem by [Junii] Fujiwara no Ietaka (1158-1237): Kaze soyogu / Narano-ogawa no / Yugure wa / Misogi zo natsu no / Shirushi nari keru
 Tribute to: Fujiwara no Ietaka 
 Collection: Stream 


My house is getting

overgrown, and so am I --


by my memories.


Mijn huis raakt steeds meerMein Haus wird immer
overwoekerd, ikzelf ook --mehr zugewachsen, ich auch --
door herinnering.von Erinnerung.

 Poem H4330
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-01
 Poem by Juntoku - 1242
 Poem by the Japanese emperor Juntoku (1197-1242): Momoshiki ya / Furuki nokiba no / Shinobu ni mo / Nao amari aru / Mukashi nari keri
 Tribute to: Juntoku 
 Collection: Inwardings 


Evening, I'm alone

in my cabin, outside too --


And it's getting dark.


Avond, in mijn hutAbend, alleine
ben ik alleen, buiten ook --in der Hütte, draußen auch --
En het wordt donker.Und es wird dunkel.

 Poem S2029
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-01
 Poem by Ryosen - 828
 Poem by the monk ("Hoshi") Ryosen (?-828): Sabishisa ni / Yado o tachi idete / Nagamureba / Izuko mo onaji / Aki no yugure
 Tribute to: Ryosen 
 Collection: Shelter 


I can't sleep, I look

outside, still the day doesn't break --


and I am alone.


Ik kan niet slapen,Ich kann nicht schlafen,
nog steeds breekt de dag niet aan --draußen bricht der Tag nicht an --
en ben ik alleen.und ich bin allein.

 Poem S2030
 Amsterdam, 2023-12-01
 Poem by Shun'e - 1150
 Poem by the monk ("Hoshi") Shun'e (1113-?): Yo mo sugara / Mono omou koro wa / Ake yaranu / Neya no hima sae / Tsure nakari keri
 Tribute to: Shun'e 
 Collection: Shelter 


Dying means little

without fantasy, else it's --


about everything.


Zonder fantasieOhne Fantasie
stelt doodgaan niets voor, anders --stellt Sterben wenig da, sonst --
gaat het om alles.geht es um alles.

 Poem H4321
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-30
 Journey to the End of the Night (Louis-Ferdinand Céline) - 1932
 Novel "Voyage au bout de la nuit" - "Quand on a pas d'imagination, mourir c'est peu de choses, quand on en a, mourir c'est trop."
 Tribute to: Celine, Louis-Ferdinand 
 Collection: Over 


My light will go out,

it couldn't get any darker --


Here I am. Take me.


Mijn licht zal doven,Mein Licht wird enden,
donkerder kan het niet zijn --es könnte nicht dunkler sein --
Hier ben ik. Neem mij.Hier bin ich. Nimm mich.

 Poem H4322
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-30
 You want it darker (Leonard Cohen) - 2016
 Song (album "You want it darker")
Isaac calls his father and Abraham answers: "Hineni" ("Here am I", Genesis 22:6), a quotation from Isaiah 6:8 (the calling of the prophet Isaiah): "And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' Then I said, 'Here am I! Send me.' " On New Year's Day (Rosh Hashanah), believers repeat this answer.

 Tribute to: Cohen, Leonard 
 Collection: Over 


No supermoon nor

a field of flowers, true love --


kisses dreary days.


Geen volle maan ofKein Vollmond oder
bloemenveld, echte liefde --Blumenfeld, wahre Liebe --
kust grauwe dagen.küsst graue Tage.

 Poem H4323
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-30
 Darling (André Manuel) - 1996
 Song "Lieveling" (album "Krang")
 Tribute to: Manuel, Andre 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 80s and 90s 


Forget I'm dying,

please let me settle for you --


a few little jobs.


Vergeet alsjeblieftBitte vergiss es,
dat ik sterf, laat me voor jou --dass ich sterbe und lass mich --
nog wat klusjes doen.etwas für dich tun.

 Poem H4324
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-30
 Poor (Koenraad Goudeseune) - 2022
 Poem "Arm" (collection "Nagelaten gedichten"), written on his deathbed
 Tribute to: Goudeseune, Koenraad 
 Collection: Over 


My work is simple,

I too am averagely --


uninteresting.


Mijn werk is gewoon,Mein Werk ist einfach,
ook ikzelf ben gemiddeld --auch ich selbst bin durchschnittlich --
oninteressant.uninteressant.

 Poem H4325
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-30
 Poor (Koenraad Goudeseune) - 2022
 Poem "Arm" (collection "Nagelaten gedichten"), written on his deathbed
 Tribute to: Goudeseune, Koenraad 
 Collection: Over 


The sun wakes me right

in my face: impossible!


Is the earth tilted?


De zon wekt me rechtDie Sonne weckt mich
in mijn gezicht! Dat kan niet!ins Gesicht: unmöglich! Ist --
Staat de aarde scheef?die Erde geneigt?

 Poem H4315
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-29
 Collection: On living on [2] 


My metallic voice

sings along with the children --


dancing around me.


Mijn metalen stemMeine stählerne
zingt mee met de kinderen --Stimme singt mit den Kindern --
in hun rondedans.in ihrer Rundtanz.

 Poem H4316
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-29
 Willows are green, flowers are crimson (Ivan Bozicevic) - 2021
 Composition, for harpsichord and hyperorgan, performed by Jane Chapman and Ivan Bozicevic in the Organpark on December 3rd, 2021 and November 29th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


It's not noise, it is

labour, manufacturing --


in a large sound hall.


Het is geen herrieEs ist gar kein Lärm,
maar arbeid, fabricage --es ist Arbeit, Herstellung --
in een klankwerkplaats.In der Klangwerkstatt.

 Poem H4317
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-29
 Noises that don't speak (Arnold Marinissen) - 2023
 Composition "Des bruits qui ne parle pas", for harpsichord, percussion and two cassette recorders; text by Simone Weil about the work in the Renault factory in Paris (in 1935); performed by Goska Isphording and Tatiana Koleva in the Organpark on November 29th, 2023
 Tribute to: Weil, Simone 
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


In the ice palace

I'm having fun with music:


icicles in tune.


In het poolpaleisIm Polarpalast
vermaak ik me met muziek --habe ich Spaß mit Musik:
ijspegelzuiver.Eiszapfeneinklang.

 Poem H4318
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-29
 Icicles & Rays (Tatiana Koleva) - 2023
 Composition for overdubbed vibraphone and live electronics, performed by herself in the Organpark on May 7th, 2023 and November 29th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Bits and bytes, shooting

through the circuits, are playing --


twister super fast.


Bits en bytes schietenBits und Bytes schießen
door de circuits, ze spelen --durch den Schaltkreis, sie spielen --
supersnel twister.Twister superflink.

 Poem H4319
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-29
 Knots (Iannis Xenakis) - 1981
 Composition "Komboï", for harpsichord and percussion, performed by Goska Isphording and Tatiana Koleva in the Organpark on November 29th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Joys are flying up,

flapping like white doves, filling --


the corners with life.


Vreugdes vliegen opFreuden heben ab
als witte duiven, vullen --wie weiße Tauben, füllen --
hoeken met leven.Ecken mit Leben.

 Poem H4320
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-29
 White birds (Ivan Bozicevic) - 2023
 Composition, for recorder, panflute and viola (2022), tonight also with accordion, percussion and hyperorgan (2023), inspired by the poet Saigy?; performed by Jorge Isaac, Matthijs Koene, Esra Pehlivanli, Marko Kassl, Enric Monfort and Ivan Bozicevic in the Organpark on November 29th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The eerie room is,

frightening me with shadows --


of scary monsters.


De vreemde kamerDas fremde Zimmer
maakt me bang met schaduwen --macht mir Angst mit den Schatten --
van enge beesten.schauriger Tiere.

 Poem H4311
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-6 "Many-headed monsters"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


God must be sky blue,

then there will be no problems --


will be white nor black.


God is hemelsblauw,Gott ist himmelblau,
dan zijn er geen problemen --dann gibt's keine Probleme --
is er wit noch zwart.weder Weiß noch Schwarz.

 Poem H4312
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-7 "Methwold"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


I just see fragments

of my life, only too late --


I understand them.


Ik zie mijn levenIch seh mein Leben
in fragmenten, en te laat --in Stücken, und erst zu spät --
begrijp ik die pas.verstehe ich sie.

 Poem H4313
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-8 "Tick, tock"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Look at the people

around me to understand --


the course of my life.


Let op de mensenDurch die Menschen um
om mij heen, dan begrijp je --mich herum verstehst du mein --
iets van mijn leven.Leben ein wenig.

 Poem H4314
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-8 "Tick, tock"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The questions, the doubts,

the suspicion, that monster --


with too many heads.


Vragen en twijfels,Fragen, Zweifel, und,
en achterdocht, dat monster --Misstrauen, das Monster mit --
met teveel hoofden.zu vielen Köpfen.

 Poem S2027
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-6 "Many-headed monsters"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


He eats well, just look,

my phalanx fits easily --


in his navel hole.


Hij eet goed, kijk maar,Er isst gut, schau nur,
mijn vingerkootje past heel --mein Fingerglied passt bequem --
ruim in zijn navel.in seinen Nabel.

 Poem S2028
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-28
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-6 "Many-headed monsters"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


You eat of the past

only the halal portion:


the bloodless stories.


Van het verledenVon früher isst man
eet je slechts wat halal is:nur die Halal-Portion:
het bloedeloze.die unblutige.

 Poem S2023
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-27
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-4 "Under the carpet"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


She submerges us

in a great deluge of words --


We're completely soaked.


Ze overspoelt onsSie überschwemmt uns
met een zondvloed van woorden --mit einer Flut von Worten --
We raken doorweekt.Wir werden durchnässt.

 Poem S2024
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-27
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-4 "Under the carpet"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


He has been hiding

in the basement for three years --


living like a mouse.


Hij schuilt al jarenAus Angst versteckt er
in de kelder, bang leeft hij --sich seit Jahren im Keller:
een muizenleven.ein Mäuseleben.

 Poem S2025
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-27
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-3 "Hit-the-spittoon" and 1-4 "Under the carpet"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Your skin is not black,

it is lily-white, tempered --


in shadowy light.


Jouw huid is niet zwartDeine Haut, nicht schwarz,
maar lelieblank, getemperd --sondern schneeweiß, gemildert --
in het schaduwlicht.im schattigen Licht.

 Poem S2026
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-27
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 A veiled insult
Novel, chapter 1-5 "A public announcement"

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Every single pipe

sings along on the same tone:


a soloist choir.


Elke pijp die speelt,Jede Pfeife, die
zingt mee op dezelfde toon:spielt, singt im gleichen Ton mit:
een solistenkoor.ein Solistenchor.

 Poem H4308
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-26
 Quintet (Yannis Kyriakides) - 2023
 Composition #165, for organ and voice, performed by Jacob Lekkerkerker and Quatuor Bozzini in the Organpark on November 26th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


After the dike breach,

somewhere in the water, still --


a howling siren.


Na de dijkdoorbraakNach den Deichbrüchen
huilt ergens in het water --heult im Wasser immer noch --
nog een sirene.eine Sirene.

 Poem H4309
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-26
 hYDAtorizon (Yannis Kyriakides) - 1988
 Composition "Rooted in water", #021, for paino, string quartet and video, performed by Quatuor Bozzini and Reinier van Houdt in the Organpark on November 26th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


I don't have a hold,

my mind's floating in the sky --


rootless like seaweed.


Ik heb geen houvast,Mein Geist hat keinen
mijn geest drijft in de hemel --Halt, schwebt im Himmel herum --
wortelloos als wier.wurzellos wie Tang.

 Poem H4310
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-26
 hYDAtorizon (Yannis Kyriakides) - 1988
 Composition "Rooted in water", #021, for paino, string quartet and video, performed by Quatuor Bozzini and Reinier van Houdt in the Organpark on November 26th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Watch my three black holes,

watch my eyes and my mouth, watch --


my masked singing soul.


Drie zwarte gaten:Drei schwarze Löcher:
ogen en mond, gemaskerd --die Augen, der Mund, maskiert --
mijn zingende ziel.singt meine Seele.

 Poem S2018
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-26
 Gaze Units (Yannis Kyriakides) - 2023
 Composition #166, for face-detection software and hyperorgan, performed by soprano Michaela Riener in the Organpark on November 26th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


A convulsing mask.

My face is a smooth white mesh:


alive I am dead.


Stuiptrekkend masker.Zuckende Maske.
Mijn gezicht is een wit gaas:Mein Gesicht ein weißes Netz:
levend ben ik dood.lebendig und tot.

 Poem S2019
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-26
 Gaze Units (Yannis Kyriakides) - 2023
 Composition #166, for face-detection software and hyperorgan, performed by soprano Michaela Riener in the Organpark on November 26th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The words keep whining

in my head, they're complaining --


their imposed silence.


De woorden zeuren,Die Worte jammern
in mijn hoofd, ze beklagen --in meinem Kopf, beweinen --
jankend hun zwijgen.klagend ihr Schweigen.

 Poem S2021
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-26
 Walls have ears (Yannis Kyriakides) - 2013
 Composition #108, for voice, string quartet and video, to the poem "Savas Zamani" ("Wartime", 2011) by Mehmet Yashin; performed by Quatuor Bozzini in the Organpark on November 26th, 2023
 Tribute to: Yashin, Mehmet 
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The marionette

occupies the entire stage --


with silly capers.


De marionetDie Gliederpuppe
bezet heel het podium --besetzt die ganze Bühne --
met capriolen.mit Kapriolen.

 Poem S2022
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-26
 Lost Border Dances (Yannis Kyriakides) - 2016
 Composition (#128) for double string quartet, electronics and video, performed by Quatuor Bozzini in the Organpark on November 26th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


The squatting men place

the spittoon further away --


and aim into it.


De mannen zettenDie Männer stellen
de spuugbak steeds verder weg --den Spucknapf noch weiter weg --
en mikken erin.und zielen hinein.

 Poem H4303
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-25
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-3 "Hit-the-spittoon"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


At night a man sings

in the Medina, someone --


answers, and a third.


Avonds zingt een man, 'sIn der Medina
in de medina, iemand --singt ein Mann, jemand macht mit --
antwoordt, en nog een.und ein anderer.

 Poem H4304
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-25
 Opening of the concert "Common Features" by Orchestre Partout and the Cello Octet in the Meervaart Theatre in Amsterdam on November 25th, 2023 (composition by Oene van Geel)
 Composer:  
 Collection: Untwisted 


What happened, happened,

please do not blame me for it --


Let us get started!


Gebeurd is gebeurdPassiert ist passiert,
geef mij er niet de schuld van --gib mir nicht die Schuld dafür --
We gaan aan de slag!Lasst uns anfangen!

 Poem H4305
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-25
 This is what happened (Sayed Darwish)
 Song "Aho da elly sar" about the 1919 Egyptian Revolution against the British occupation ("This is what happened" ["please don't blame me"], sung by Hamdy Baraa, with Orchestre Partout and the Cello Octet in the Meervaart Theatre in Amsterdam on November 25th, 2023 (1919 composition by Sayed Darwish, arranged by Oene van Geel)
 Tribute to: Darwish, Sayed 
 Collection: Summer birds 


Exploring the world,

you better not be afraid --


of getting lost there.


Wie de wereld wilDie Welt erkunden,
verkennen, moet niet bang zijn --keine Angst davor haben --
er te verdwalen.sich zu verirren.

 Poem H4306
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-25
 Lost among the notes (Gözde Köse) - 2021
 Composition "Verdwaald tussen de noten" for piano, arranged by René van Münster for eight cellos, performed by the Cello Octet in the Meervaart Theatre in Amsterdam on November 25th, 2023
Gözde Köse is born in 2008

 Tribute to: Kose, Gozde 
 Collection: Migration 


Like a dancer she

floated into the applause --


and she looked at me.


Als een danseresTanzend schwebte sie
zweefde ze het applaus in --in den Kreis des Applauses --
en ze keek naar mij.und sie sah mich an.

 Poem H4307
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-25
 [That's how] She came to me (Ali Al Gaeth) - 2023
 Song "Attat ilaya", sung by Ali Al Gaeth in the Meervaart Theatre in Amsterdam on November 25th, 2023, accompanied by Orchestre Partout and the Cello Octet in an arrangement by Oene van Geel
 Tribute to: Al Gaeth, Ali 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 20s 


If I ever find

you here whatsitcalled, you will --


whatsitcalled feel it!


Als ik jou ooit hierWenn ich dich jemals
hoeheethet tref, zul je het --wieheißts hier finde, wirst du --
hoeheethet voelen!wieheißts es spüren!

 Poem S2012
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-25
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-3 "Hit-the-spittoon"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Teaching religion.

First lesson: unbelievers --


do not belong here.


Godsdienstonderwijs.Glaubensunterricht.
Les 1: ongelovigen --Lektion 1: Ungläubige --
horen hier niet thuis.gehören hier nicht.

 Poem S2013
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-25
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-3 "Hit-the-spittoon"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


The Queen of Nothing

gave hope to the poor people --


She was dangerous.


Koningin van Niets,Königin von Nichts,
ze gaf de armen weer hoop --sie gab den Armen Hoffnung --
Ze was gevaarlijk.Sie war gefährlich.

 Poem S2014
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-25
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 The Rani [Queen] of 'Cooch Naheen' (in Agra)
Novel, chapter 1-4 "Under the carpet"

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


You hear the echoes

of guides everywhere, despite --


the signs 'Silence Please'.


Overal echo'sÜberall hört man
van de reisleiders, ondanks --die Echos der Führer, trotz --
de bordjes Stilte.der Stille-Schilder.

 Poem S2015
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-25
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Mausoleum Taj Mahal
Novel, chapter 1-4 "Under the carpet"

 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


Not at home, not there,

nor here, at night I shout it --


over the rooftops.


Nergens thuis, niet daarNicht zu Hause, nicht dort,
en niet hier, ik roep het 's nachts --nicht hier, ich schreie es nachts --
over de daken.über die Dächer.

 Poem S2016
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-25
 Where is my beloved? (Alibabaei Behrang)
 Song "Mari priyatama kyan chhe", sung by Alibabaei Behrang in the Meervaart Theatre in Amsterdam on November 25th, 2023, accompanied by Orchestre Partout and the Cello Octet - composition 2023 by Oene van Geel
Where is my beloved?

 Tribute to: Behrang, Alibabaei 
 Composer:  
 Collection: Local contractions 


High into the void

I sing, oh my country, if --


only I had one.


Steeds hoger zing ikGanz hoch ins Leere
de leegte in, ach, mijn land --singe ich, mein Land, wenn ich --
had ik er maar een.nur einen hätte.

 Poem S2017
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-25
 Where is my beloved? (Alibabaei Behrang)
 Song "Mari priyatama kyan chhe", sung by Alibabaei Behrang in the Meervaart Theatre in Amsterdam on November 25th, 2023, accompanied by Orchestre Partout and the Cello Octet - composition 2023 by Oene van Geel
Where is my beloved?

 Tribute to: Behrang, Alibabaei 
 Composer:  
 Collection: Local contractions 


Zywa Just so you know

I'm falling apart, believe me
it's real, and not a request
for pity, just
falling apart, cracking
like an old jar

I've been through too much
suffered too much, for now
it is going slowly
but still faster

I can't keep myself
together anymore, so be it
I just let you know
then you can come
to accept it too

I will soon be about
630 million impersonal
particles, dust
of course
without consciousness

 Poem 5390
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-24
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, beginning of the chapter "Hit-the-spittoon"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


It's my wedding day,

a pair till death do us part --


Yes, I'm still your wife.


Vandaag mijn trouwdag,Heute Hochzeitstag,
samen tot de dood ons scheidt --bis dass der Tod uns scheidet --
Ja, nog steeds jouw vrouw.Ja, immer noch deins.

 Poem H4301
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-24
 Married from 1973, half a century ago, until Herman died, on this very day six years ago
 Dedicated to: Ineke J 
 Collection: The Yellow House Museum 


No one is themselves,

people are always leaking --


in each other's lives.


Niemand is zichzelf,Niemand ist er selbst,
mensen lekken nu eenmaal --Menschen lecken ins Leben --
in elkaars leven.des anderen aus.

 Poem H4302
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-24
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-3 "Hit-the-spittoon"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


She is unswerving,

imperious: a fortress --


may not move, never.


Ze is onwrikbaar,Unerschütterlich
ze is de baas: een vesting --ist sie: eine Festung darf --
mag niet bewegen.sich nicht bewegen.

 Poem S2010
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-24
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-3 "Hit-the-spittoon"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


1000 years old, still

being a living statue:


the Wicked Step Queen.


1000 jaar oud nog1000 Jahre alt
altijd een levend standbeeld:als lebende Statue:
de stiefkoningin.die Stiefkönigin.

 Poem S2011
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-24
 The Living Statue. A Legend (Günter Grass) - 2006
 To commemorate Uta van Ballenstedt (c. 1000-1046), married to Margrave Ekkehard II of Meißen, as one of the founders of the Naumburg Cathedral her statue was put on the facade; Walt Disney based the looks of Snow White's Evil Queen on this statue
Tale "Figurenstehen. Eine Legende" (published in 2023)

 Tribute to: Grass, Guenter 
 Collection: Metamorphic body 


Teardrop diamonds,

frozen on my eyelashes:


beautiful sadness.


Traandiamanten,Diamanttränen,
bevroren op mijn wimpers:gefroren auf den Wimpern:
schitterend verdriet.schöne Traurigkeit.

 Poem H4299
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-23
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-1 "The perforated sheet"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


I wasn't there, but my

imagination sees it --


happening again.


Ik was er niet bij,Ich war nicht dabei,
maar mijn fantasie ziet het --aber mein Gespür sieht es --
opnieuw gebeuren.wieder passieren.

 Poem H4300
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-23
 Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie) - 1981
 Novel, chapter 1-1 "The perforated sheet"
 Tribute to: Rushdie, Salman 
 Collection: Low gear 


When I hear seagulls,

I hear the cry of the girl --


they keelhauled to death.


Als ik meeuwen hoor,Die Möwen schreien
hoor ik het meisje schreeuwen --furchtbar schrill, wie das Mädchen --
dat werd gekielhaald.das gekielt wurde.

 Poem S2009
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-23
 Oarsman on the Drowning of Nisus’s Daughter Scylla (Fiona Benson) - 2021
 Poem, published on the Granta website (2021) and in the collection "Ephemeron" (2022)
 Tribute to: Benson, Fiona 
 Collection: May the Might 


When I can't handle

it anymore, I am saved --


by hours of boredom.


Als het tegenzitWenn's schief geht, werde
word ik gered door uren-ich gerettet von Stunden --
lange verveling.der Langeweile.

 Poem H4298
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-22
 Munya (Abdelkader Benali) - 2008
 Novel, chapter Morocco
Munya = Wish/Desire/ What is longed for permanently even though it is very difficult to get

 Tribute to: Benali, Abdelkader 
 Collection: VacantVoid 


Being in love, blind,

but don't be blind later on --


It would be the end.


Verliefdheid maakt blind,Verliebtheit macht blind,
en lang samenzijn vaak ook --ein festes Paar sein oft auch --
maar dan gaat het uit.Dann ist es vorbei.

 Poem S2006
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-22
 Munya (Abdelkader Benali) - 2008
 Novel, chapter Amsterdam
Munya = Wish/Desire/ What is longed for permanently even though it is very difficult to get

 Tribute to: Benali, Abdelkader 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 0s 


I'm ashamed, I eat

brownie crumbs, in the movie --


I've shit in my mouth.


Ik schaam me, ik eetIch schäme mich für
browniekruimels, in de film --die Brownie-Krümel, im Film --
zit mijn mond vol stront.esse ich Scheiße.

 Poem S2007
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-22
 Munya (Abdelkader Benali) - 2008
 Being an extra
Novel, chapter Morocco
Munya = Wish/Desire/ What is longed for permanently even though it is very difficult to get

 Tribute to: Benali, Abdelkader 
 Collection: Appearances 


Drowning refugees,

sailing to the other side --


of their hope, their dream.


Vluchters verdrinkenFlüchtlinge, auf dem
op weg naar de overkant --Weg zur anderen Seite --
van hun hoop, hun droom.ihres Hoffnungstraums.

 Poem S2008
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-22
 Munya (Abdelkader Benali) - 2008
 Novel, chapter Morocco
Munya = Wish/Desire/ What is longed for permanently even though it is very difficult to get

 Tribute to: Benali, Abdelkader 
 Collection: Passage Passion 


Your world is inside

your head, existing inside --


real reality.


Jouw wereld, binnenDie Welt in dir, in
in jouw hoofd, bestaat binnen --deinem Kopf, existiert in --
de werkelijkheid.der Realität.

 Poem H4296
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-21
 The Future of Poetry (Paul Éluard) - 1937
 Lecture "Avenir de la poésie" (October 2nd, 1937) - "Il y a un autre monde, mais il est dans celui-ci" ("There is another world, but it is inside this one")
 Tribute to: Eluard, Paul 
 Collection: Appearances 


Just you, all of you,

and my imagination --


and my hankering.


Alleen jij, allesNur du, nur alles
van jou, en mijn fantasie --von dir, nur mein Bild von dir --
en mijn verlangen.und mein Verlangen.

 Poem H4297
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-21
 Just (After Song of Songs) (David Lang) - 2014
 Song, used in 2015 in the film "Youth" by Paolo Sorrentino; performed by Lichtbende in the Organpark on November 17th, 2023
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Zywa Just so you know

I'm falling apart, believe me
it's real, and not a request
for pity, just
falling apart, cracking
like an old jar

I've been through too much
suffered too much, for now
it is going slowly
but still faster

I can't keep myself
together anymore, so be it
I just let you know
then you can come
to accept it too

I will soon be about
630 million impersonal
particles, dust
of course
without consciousness

 Poem 5387
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-20
 What God wants (Roger Waters) - 1992
 Song (album "Amused to Death")
 Tribute to: Waters, Roger 
 Collection: Reaching out 


It's like a Hopper

painting, sitting on a bench --


next to my father.


Als een schilderijWie ein Gemälde
van Hopper, met mijn vader --von Hopper, neben Vater --
samen op de bank.auf einer Parkbank.

 Poem H4293
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-20
 Scenes with My Father (Biserka Suran) - 2022
 Documentary "Scenes with My Father" - Conversation on a bench in front of an abandoned factory; there is a loudspeaker next to the entrance - Scenery as a painting by Edward Hopper (Nyack 1882-1967)
 Tribute to: Suran, Biserka 
 Tribute to: Hopper, Edward 
 Collection: New Ago 


My father narrates,

the speaker is off, I film --


deep inside his mind.


Mijn vader vertelt,Vater erzählt, der
de luidspreker zwijgt, ik film --Lautsprecher schweigt, ich filme --
binnen in zijn hoofd.tief in seinem Kopf.

 Poem H4294
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-20
 Scenes with My Father (Biserka Suran) - 2022
 Documentary "Scenes with My Father" - Conversation on a bench in front of an abandoned factory; there is a loudspeaker next to the entrance
 Tribute to: Suran, Biserka 
 Collection: New Ago 


Away from the world,

at an empty factory --


we can have a talk.


Ver van de wereld,Weit weg von der Welt,
bij een verlaten fabriek --vor einer leeren Fabrik --
kunnen we praten.können wir reden.

 Poem H4295
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-20
 Scenes with My Father (Biserka Suran) - 2022
 Documentary "Scenes with My Father" - Conversation on a bench in front of an abandoned factory; there is a loudspeaker next to the entrance
 Tribute to: Suran, Biserka 
 Collection: New Ago 


The air between us

blows into us at times, then --


we touch each other.


Veel lucht tussen ons,Viel Luft zwischen uns,
bij vlagen waait hij binnen --dann und wann weht sie in uns --
raken we elkaar.berühren wir uns.

 Poem H4292
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-19
 Dedicated to: Maria Godschalk 
 Collection: Frames 


Embrace-like we look

at each other silently:


you are a great gift.


Als een omarmingUmarmungsartig
kijken we elkaar stil aan:schauen wir uns schweigend an:
jij bent een cadeau.du bist ein Geschenk.

 Poem H4291
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-19
 Dedicated to: Femke H 
 Collection: Frames 


Sand lays a ribbon

of rolling shapes covering --


the edge of the land.


Het zand legt een lintDer Sand legt ein Band
van vormen over de rand --von Formen über den Rand --
de rand van het land.den Rand des Landes.

 Poem H4288
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-18
 In the Great Storm of / Sand is a shape (Wendela de Vos) - 2017
 Dunes - Poems "In de Grote Storm van" en "Zand is een vorm" (collection "Waar leg ik mijn hart")
 Tribute to: De Vos, Wendela 
 Collection: Truder 


Tower in the bed

of sand, the unlit beacon --


of a happy time.


Toren in het bedDer Turm im Sandbett,
van zand, onverlicht baken --ohne Licht eine Bake --
van een goede tijd.einer guten Zeit.

 Poem H4289
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-18
 In the Great Storm of / When all is lost (Wendela de Vos) - 2017
 Poems "In de Grote Storm van" en "Als alles verloren" (collection "Waar leg ik mijn hart") about the sand-covered church near Skagen (Jutland) that remained standing as a beacon for navigation at sea, and a loved one lost in de storm
 Tribute to: De Vos, Wendela 
 Collection: Stall 


Iron wall anchors,

a steep roof, and whitewashed walls --


with unused windows.


IJzeren ankers,Die Eisenanker,
een steil dak, witte muren --steiles Dach, weiße Wände --
met loze ramen.mit Fensterlöchern.

 Poem H4290
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-18
 "Den tilsandede kirke" ("Sand-covered church" near Skagen, Jutland)
 Collection: On living on [2] 


Zywa The sacrifice

The ritual after work
in the dark at the end
of the evening twilight

The dim light of the low clouds
in 1883, when the nights in the country
were still black

The farmer stoops
poking a dry smell
from the weeds of the day

It lingers
in a plume of smoke
above the sparks

 Poem 5384
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-17
 Peasant burning weeds (Vincent van Gogh) - 1883
 Painting
 Tribute to: Van Gogh, Vincent 
 Collection: Local contractions 


Zywa Reins of words

Reins of duty and guilt
Innocence prohibited
Playfulness prohibited
Questions prohibited

Reins of decency and patience
Clouds full of impatience
Clouds full of doubt
Clouds full of despair

Bitter pills gilded
Breaths of chill
Draughts of regret
Crusts of exhaustion

Peace forsaken and veiled
Ideals accused
Relationships bruised
Love confused

Reins of Forgiveness
Reins on joy
Reins on desires
Reins on lives

 Poem 5382
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-17
 garden of delight (Lichtbende) - 2023
 Light-Art-Concert; light images, organ, voice, percussion, cello, and violin
 Tribute to: Lichtbende 
 Collection: anp 


Back in the Garden

of Love, I walk around lost --


among gravestones.


Terug in de TuinZurück im Garten
van de Liefde, loop ik rond --der Liebe geh ich herum --
tussen grafstenen.zwischen Grabsteinen.

 Poem S2003
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-17
 The Garden of Love (William Blake) - 1789
 Poem, set to music in 2003 by Jacob ter Veldhuis ('Jacob TV'), for audio with soprano sax or clarinet or flute or oboe or violin or xylophone or guitar, performed by Lichtbende in the Organpark on November 17th, 2023
 Tribute to: Blake, William 
 Tribute to: Ter Veldhuis, Jacob 
 Collection: anp 


Voluntarily,

people split up into groups --


wishing unity.


Mensen verdelenMenschen teilen sich
zich vrijwillig in groepen --freiwillig in Gruppen auf --
en wensen eenheid.und wollen Einheit.

 Poem S2004
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-17
 Collection: The drama 


The future repeats

the past when citizens chase --


their neighbours away.


De toekomst herhaaltDie Zukunft ist wie
het verleden als buren --Vergangenheit, wenn Nachbarn --
weggejaagd worden.vertrieben werden.

 Poem S2005
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-17
 Collection: From Sacred Scriptures
My Home 



Anyone who wants

renewal must eat the old:


Eat or be eaten.


Wie vernieuwing wilErneuerung: man
moet het oude opeten --muss das Alte fressen, sonst --
of wordt gegeten.wird man gegessen.

 Poem H4286
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-16
 An Edible Family in a Mobile Home (Bobby Baker) - 1976
 Artwork, also exhibited and eaten at Tate Britain, 2023-2024
In an armchair sits a father made of fruitcake, in the kitchen a pink mother as a mannequin with three compartments containing biscuits, on the bed a daughter covered in meringues, in a bath with water made of chocolate cake a skeletal son made of garibaldi biscuits ['sultanas']), and in the bedstead a baby of coconut cake

 Tribute to: Baker, Bobby 
 Collection: Changing Times 


Only when I know

you without amorousness --


will you see my love.


Pas als ik jou kenErst wenn Verliebtheit
en mijn verliefdheid ophoudt --vorbei ist, wirst du meine --
zie jij mijn liefde.Liebe bemerken.

 Poem H4287
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-16
 Lohengrin (Richard Wagner) - 1848
 Elsa of Brabant in relation to her brother Godfrey and the Knight of the Swan; opera "Lohengrin" (premiere 1850)
 Composer:  
 Collection: Freend 


It stopped working,

it's fake love, not a real hug:


no more alcohol!


Het helpt me niet meer,Es hilft mir nicht mehr,
het is een valse knuffel:diese falsche Umarmung:
geen alcohol meer!kein Alkohol mehr!

 Poem S2001
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-16
 Promise (Ellen Deckwitz) - 2023
 'Not a real hug'
Column "Belofte", in the NRC on November 6th, 2023

 Tribute to: Deckwitz, Ellen 
 Collection: Death on Cast 


Don't fear disaster,

grandma says, but I dream it --


happens anyway.


Rampen blijven uit,Fürchte kein Böses,
zegt oma, maar in mijn droom --sagt Oma, aber im Traum --
gebeuren ze toch.passiert es trotzdem.

 Poem S2002
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-16
 The Book of Premonitions - 2023
 Book - children aged 11 and 12 give their view of the future
 Tribute to: Div. [Nederland] 
 Collection: Stream 


Death is put away,

or it is lost, forgotten --


again and again.


De dood legt men weg,Man steckt den Tod weg,
of hij raakt zoek, steeds opnieuw --oder vergisst ihn, immer --
vergeten we hem.und immer wieder.

 Poem H4282
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-15
 That's what death does (Ronelda Kamfer) - 2016
 Poem "Dis wat die dood doen" (collection "Hammie")
 Tribute to: Kamfer, Ronelda 
 Collection: Here &Now& 


We check on mum, if

she's getting her colour, if --


she's alive again.


We gaan steeds kijkenWir schauen ständig
bij mama, of ze kleur krijgt --nach, ob Mama Farbe hat --
en weer gaat leven.ob sie wieder lebt.

 Poem H4283
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-15
 Seymour (Ronelda Kamfer) - 2016
 Poem (collection "Hammie")
 Tribute to: Kamfer, Ronelda 
 Collection: Home sea 


Sadness is within,

first a series of crackers --


and then howling dogs.


Verdriet zit in je,Kummer ist in dir,
eerst een reeks rotjes, en dan --zuerst Knallkörper, und dann --
jankende honden.heulende Hunde.

 Poem H4284
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-15
 Minesweeper (Ronelda Kamfer) - 2016
 Poem (collection "Hammie")
 Tribute to: Kamfer, Ronelda 
 Collection: Actively Passive 


Mother just lies there.

Mama, do you hear me, please --


Mama, please wake up!


Mama ligt daar maar.Mutter liegt nur da.
Mama, hoor je me, mama --Mama, hörst du mich, Mama --
word toch eens wakker!bitte, wach doch auf!

 Poem H4285
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-15
 aunt Gerty, sister Kamfer, aunt Trui - 1 (Ronelda Kamfer) - 2016
 Poem "antie Gerty, suster Kamfer, antie Trui" - 1 (collection "Hammie")
 Tribute to: Kamfer, Ronelda 
 Collection: Home sea 


When she died, mother

was 59, I wonder --


is that old enough?


Toen mijn moeder stierfWenn meine Mutter
was ze 59 --starb, war sie 59 --
Is dat oud genoeg?Ist das alt genug?

 Poem S1997
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-15
 Seymour (Ronelda Kamfer) - 2016
 Poem (collection "Hammie")
 Tribute to: Kamfer, Ronelda 
 Collection: Home sea 


Her pious father

locks me up and my girlfriend --


he pulls to the bed.


Haar vrome vaderIhr frommer Vater
sluit mij op en mijn vriendin --sperrt mich ein, meine Freundin --
trekt hij mee naar bed.zieht er auf das Bett.

 Poem S1998
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-15
 Testimony (Ronelda Kamfer) - 2016
 Poem "Getuienis" (collection "Hammie")
 Tribute to: Kamfer, Ronelda 
 Collection: Within the walls 


But I didn't listen

to her questioning eyes, Please --


Can you stay with me?


Ik luisterde nietIch ignorierte
naar haar vragende ogen --ihren fragenden Augen --
Blijf je nog bij mij?Bitte bleib bei mir.

 Poem S1999
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-15
 aunt Gerty, sister Kamfer, aunt Trui - 2 (Ronelda Kamfer) - 2016
 Poem "antie Gerty, suster Kamfer, antie Trui" - 2 (collection "Hammie")
 Tribute to: Kamfer, Ronelda 
 Collection: Home sea 


I left her behind,

'See you tomorrow', I thought --


it would be okay.


Ik liet haar achter,Ich habe gesagt:
ik zei Tot Morgen, ik dacht --Bis morgen, Mama, dachte --
het komt wel weer goed.es wird wieder gut.

 Poem S2000
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-15
 aunt Gerty, sister Kamfer, aunt Trui - 2 (Ronelda Kamfer) - 2016
 Poem "antie Gerty, suster Kamfer, antie Trui" - 2 (collection "Hammie")
 Tribute to: Kamfer, Ronelda 
 Collection: Home sea 


Now I steer myself,

the world is there for me too --


the world receives me.


Nu zelf aan het stuur,Jetzt selbst am Steuer,
de wereld is ook voor mij --die Welt ist auch für mich da --
de wereld krijgt mij.die Welt bekommt mich.

 Poem H4281
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-14
 Bicycle (Bart Moeyaert) - 2021
 Poem "Fiets" for the campaign "The Largest Sea of Flowers" at "Theatre By The Sea" in Ostend
 Composer:  
 Collection: Wean Di 


The wind blows, the trees

are bare and wet, the full moon --


glides pale behind them.


Het waait, de bomenDie Bäume sind kahl
zijn kaal, de volle maan glijdt --und der Vollmond gleitet blass --
bleek achter hen langs.hinter ihnen her.

 Poem H4280
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-12
 Look, the moon shines through the trees (Jan Pieter Heije) - 1861
 Title of the Sinterklaas-song "Zie, de maan schijnt door de bomen" (music Jan Viotta)
 Tribute to: Heije, Jan Pieter 
 Collection: Within the walls 


Two people will form

a community, any --


trio will split up.


Twee mensen vormenZwei Menschen bilden
een gemeenschap, een drietal --eine Gemeinschaft, eine --
zal zich opsplitsen.Dreiheit teilt sich auf.

 Poem S1996
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-12
 Saying among the members of the various Reformed churches in Holland (Michigan), from AD 1847
 Collection: Wean Di 


Zywa Scottish Highlands

Since my slumber
between life and nowhere
the day falters

Ongoing noon
The excitement passes
passes me by

I sit quietly, high
on my horse
The morning begins

inhospitably
Clouds roll in
fertility

over rough and void
The brook sings a-a-a-a-a
and the horizon rises

with the full weight
of the earth, shadow
embezzles me

 Poem 5378
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-12
 Forrig, Diobaig, The Molendinar (Claire M Singer) - 2023
 Compositions "Forrig" (2023), "Diobaig" (2016, the village of Diabaig in Scotland) and "The Molendinar" (2016, the brook Molendinar in Scotland) for organ, created by Claire M Singer and performed by her on November 11th, 2023 in the Organpark
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


I'm fully present,

my body, all my senses --


here, in this garden.


Ik ben aanwezig,Ich bin anwesend,
mijn lichaam, mijn zintuigen --mein Körper, meine Sinne --
in deze herfsttuin.hier, im Herbstgarten.

 Poem H4278
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-11
 Free (Claire M Singer) - 2022
 Composition "Saor" ("Free", 2022, Claire M Singer), for five organs, performed by her on November 11th, 2023 in the Organpark
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


A rubber bath duck,

croaking in an organ pipe --


participating.


Er kwaakt een badeendEine Quietschente
onder in een orgelpijp --quakt in der Orgelpfeife --
Ze doet lekker mee.Sie macht lustig mit.

 Poem H4279
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-11
 Free (Claire M Singer) - 2022
 Composition "Saor" ("Free", 2022, Claire M Singer), for five organs, performed by her on November 11th, 2023 in the Organpark
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


Back from the city,

I clearly see, rich people --


here are just paupers.


Terug uit de stadZurück aus der Stadt
zie ik duidelijk hoe arm --sehe ich deutlich, wie arm --
hier de rijken zijn.die Reichen hier sind.

 Poem S1992
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-10
 Irish Nights (Simon Vestdijk) - 1942
 Novel "Ierse nachten", published 1946, chapters 4-1 and 4-5, Letters to Saint Patrick (AD 1859)
 Tribute to: Vestdijk, Simon 
 Collection: Inmost 


The wobbling chair has

only two legs, and a rope --


to the ceiling beam.


De wiebelstoel heeftDer Wackelstuhl hat
maar twee poten, en een touw --nur zwei Beine, und ein Seil --
naar de zoldering.zum Deckenboden.

 Poem S1993
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-10
 Irish Nights (Simon Vestdijk) - 1942
 Novel "Ierse nachten", published 1946, chapter 4-1, Letters to Saint Patrick (AD 1859)
 Tribute to: Vestdijk, Simon 
 Collection: Inmost 


With power one has

much more authority than --


a scholar or saint.


Met macht heb je meerMehr Autorität
gezag dan een geleerde --mit Macht als mit Gelehrtheit --
of een heilige.oder Heiligkeit.

 Poem S1994
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-10
 Irish Nights (Simon Vestdijk) - 1942
 Novel "Ierse nachten", published 1946, chapter 4-3, Letters to Saint Patrick (AD 1859)
 Tribute to: Vestdijk, Simon 
 Collection: Inmost 


Beware, your body

is a prey for the devil --


He makes you hungry.


Pas op, jouw lichaamVorsicht, dein Körper
is een prooi voor de duivel --ist die Beute des Teufels --
Hij geeft je honger.Er macht dich hungrig.

 Poem S1995
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-10
 Irish Nights (Simon Vestdijk) - 1942
 Novel "Ierse nachten", published 1946, chapter 4-4, Letters to Saint Patrick (AD 1859)
 Tribute to: Vestdijk, Simon 
 Collection: Inmost 


Zywa Ordered stories

Narrators love attention
and leaders keep friendly with them
for the sake of the Great Story

rosy from beginning to end
No one has to grumble
for one day we'll be in luck

Don't be envious, be happy
that we are repeating the stories
you want to hear

Better not a murderer
better a fictive son
and a few doubles

Better a drunken father
than a son who fathers a child
with his mother and is proud of it

Better a phantom father
with an empty life
than a mad one

Better a lied future
than the complicated truth
and personal responsibility

 Poem 5375
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-09
 Fictive son and a few doubles: Cain got Seth as a double (see poem 4531. Creator Seth), Enoch >> Enos, Irad >> Jared, Methushael >> Metusalem, Lamach >> Lamech, and then came the Flood, which cut off Cain's branch up to Lamach, and saved Seth's branch up to Lamech in Noah's Ark
Son: Ham; rape: Genesis 9:21-25 and Leviticus 18:7-8
Phantom father: Isaac's murder is covered up by transferring the fatherhood concerning Esau and Jacob's from Abraham to him, made easy by the fact that their mother Rebecca was much younger than Abraham (in order to have more sons than just Ishmael, he took Rebecca as his third wife; she came from Mesopotamia, which gave Esau and Jacob a higher status than Ishmael)
Empty life: no details are mentioned about Isaac

 Collection: From Sacred Scriptures
My Home 



My alibi is

simply that I don't want to --


betray my comrades.


Mijn alibi is,Mein Alibi ist,
dat ik mijn kameraden --dass ich meine Komplizen --
niet wil verraden.nicht verraten will.

 Poem S1991
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-09
 Irish Nights (Simon Vestdijk) - 1942
 Novel "Ierse nachten", published 1946, chapter 2-1, Guerilla in the peat (AD 1856)
 Tribute to: Vestdijk, Simon 
 Collection: Inmost 


Zywa Fight between the rivers (Dreamed Son)

You are my older self
having stopped dreaming, Dad
You want to keep
moving around
you want a new land
to move around

You don't want to look further
You want to look further
and not stay
in the new land
the Promised Land
Together we doubt

wrestling
about the meaning
of the promise
You, your dreamed son
and I, there is no reason
in that phantom

In my mind I take him with me
somewhere into the field
to deal with him
for good
before we break up
and hit the road again

 Poem 5369
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-08
 Cain and Adam
Between the rivers: Mesopotamia
Phantom: see also poem 4896. Mother Earth "Abel is made of cardboard, a décor / piece for the firstborn / He doesn't speak, he follows // and is killed / to give Cain, the progenitor / of men, a reason to go // out into the wide world / That is what man was created for: / the earth must be tilled //"
Field: "And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him." (Genesis 4:8)
Study: "Words become Worlds" (1994, Ellen van Wolde); § 4 is the publication "The Study of Cain and Abel. A Narrative Study" (1991)

 Collection: From Sacred Scriptures
My Home 



I am an island,

I just have to wait and see --


if Love docks with me.


Ik ben een eiland,Als Insel muss ich
ik moet maar afwachten of --einfach nur abwarten, ob --
de Liefde aanlegt.die Liebe anlegt.

 Poem H4277
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-08
 Sexing the cherry (Jeanette Winterson) - 1989
 Novel, chapter "1649" (Anno Domini 1649)
 Tribute to: Winterson, Jeanette 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 80s and 90s 


When do people still

wonder? You know, there's so much --


they have seen before.


Verwonderen mensenStaunen die Leute
zich nog? Ze hebben zoveel --immer noch? Sie haben viel --
ooit al eens gezien.schon mal gesehen.

 Poem S1990
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-08
 Sexing the cherry (Jeanette Winterson) - 1989
 Novel, chapter "1990" (Anno Domini 1990)
 Tribute to: Winterson, Jeanette 
 Collection: No wonder 


Zywa Hand washing [1]

We want our own rules
without envious eyes on unbelievers
We want more than just
a safe life

We demand the right
to live apart
and we press our demands
because we have not yet succeeded

We pray with ritual
and the sacred duty
not to forsake
revelation

With each repetition
the words become true
become harder, more solid
become untouchable

by our doubts
They wash everything off us
We have a clear conscience
and we make a clean sweep

 Poem 5366
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-07
 The apartheid of orthodox believers - Jewish, Christian, Islamic, or Hindu
 Collection: From Sacred Scriptures
My Home 



Zywa Fight on the threshing floor

Grandpa was normal. Fertile semen
promptly a son by his second wife
But the next one kept him waiting

It drove Grandpa crazy, in his mind
he wrestled with God and His promise
of a large offspring

And when uncle Ike finally arrived
the little one was pampered too much
Ike became a softy

a little Abel, so different
from his big brother
He couldn't be suited

to God's inscrutable plan
he knew God so well
So he contrived a sacrifice

A man appeared
He had to be an angel
as God's disguise

and they fought over the knife
Grandpa won, Ike died, and
Grandma hasn't said a word since

 Poem 5359
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-06
 Genesis 22:1-2,9-12 Abraham sacrifices his youngest son
2 Samuel 24:24 David buys one of the Moriah mountains, the later Temple Mount

 Collection: From Sacred Scriptures
My Home 



Zywa Fight on the Blue River

Father dreamed further than granddad
He dreamed high into heaven
But the thought of having to return
to the lowlands where he was not safe
from
his brother, drove him mad
No herd of gifts
would be large enough
to appease him
but
there was no alternative
He had to go there with his family
to show us, the grandchildren
to his parents
At night
he wrestled with God and His promises
A man appeared
He had to be an angel
as God's disguise
and they
fought whether he deserved
God's support to resist his brother
Father won, he took courage
despite the broken hip

 Poem 5361
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-06
 Genesis 28:12-13 Jacob is dreaming
"Canaan" = "Lowlands"
Genesis 32:28 Byname "Isra-El" = "Who contends with God"

 Collection: From Sacred Scriptures
My Home 



Safety: high walls all

around and a large bell jar --


with firing angels.


Veiligheid: murenSicherheit: Mauern
rondom en een grote stolp --ringsum und eine Glocke --
met vuurengelen.mit Feuerengeln.

 Poem S1989
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-06
 Israel's air defense system "Kipat barzel" ("Iron Dome"), operational since 2011
 Collection: From Sacred Scriptures
My Home 



Zywa Labyrinth of lies

Heroism is a lie
attractive to young people
who prefer to deny hard facts

and, after some consideration, conform
to the game of the ruling power
when they discover the truth

They keep it to themselves and go
along with the deception to gain
fame and power as the brave hero

who defeated the monster, but
that fiction is not the scary thing
no, that is the darkness

the emptiness of the labyrinth
where a shadow play
deceives ignorant people

The monster is not dead
There are only the bones
of the annual victims

who were not eaten, but who
after their fear of it, realised
that it was their fate to starve

in the labyrinth of lies
for the voice of truth
sounds far too weak

 Poem 5354
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-05
 An eye in the sea (Salomé Roodenburg and Willem Boogman) - 2023
 Music theatre "Een oog in de zee", about Ariadne and the Minotaur (libretto and scenography Salomé Roodenburg, composition Willem Boogman), performed on November 4th, 2023 in the Organpark
 Tribute to: Roodenburg, Salome 
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


When I am with you,

so close that I become you --


I sing myself out.


Als ik bij jou ben,Wenn ich bei dir bin,
zo dichtbij dat ik jou word --so nah, dass ich du werde --
zing ik mezelf uit.singe ich mich aus.

 Poem H4274
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-03
 to become you - 4 (Antjie Krog) - 2009
 Poem "om te ver-jy" - 4 / "waar ek jy word" - 4 (collection "waar ek jy word")
 Tribute to: Krog, Antjie 
 Collection: Loves Tricks Gains Pains in the 0s 


The circus! Led by

the animal with the nose --


that can walk along.


Het circus! VooropDer Zirkus! Voran
het grote beest met de neus --geht das Tier mit der Nase --
die wandelen kan.die spazieren kann.

 Poem H4275
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-03
 Sexing the cherry (Jeanette Winterson) - 1989
 Novel, chapter 1
 Tribute to: Winterson, Jeanette 
 Collection: Specialities 


Man as Creator

keeps grafting new qualities --


onto ancient roots.


De mens als SchepperDer Mensch als Schöpfer
ent nieuwe eigenschappen --pfropft neue Eigenschaften --
op oude stammen.auf alten Wurzeln.

 Poem H4276
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-03
 Sexing the cherry (Jeanette Winterson) - 1989
 Novel, chapter "1649" (Anno Domini 1649)
Romans 11:19-20 Jewish branches are broken off in order to graft the shoots of the Christian faith onto the trunk of the Old Covenant

 Tribute to: Winterson, Jeanette 
 Collection: No wonder 


The priest is blessing

the load of relics, for sale --


on the county fair.


De priester zegentDer Priester segnet
de lading relikwieën --die Ladung Reliquien --
te koop op de markt.auf dem Jahresmarkt.

 Poem S1988
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-03
 Sexing the cherry (Jeanette Winterson) - 1989
 Novel, chapter 1
 Tribute to: Winterson, Jeanette 
 Collection: Specialities 


The timpani warm

up, gently stirring the voice --


in their big bellies.


De pauken zingenDie Pauken singen
zich in, zachtjes roeren ze --sich ein, rühren die Stimmen --
de stem in hun buik.in ihren Bäuchen.

 Poem H4273
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-02
 Saeta (Elliot Carter) - 1949
 Composition, from: "Eight Pieces for Four Timpani", for four timpani, performed by Darío Antón Doiz on November 2nd, 2023 in the Organpark
 Composer:  
 Collection: anp 


There's a strange hand with

pointing fingers on my thigh --


and it excites me.


Er ligt een vreemdeEine zeigende
wijzende hand op mijn dij --Hand liegt auf meinen Schenkel --
en dat windt mij op.und das erregt mich.

 Poem H4270
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-01
 The Loneliness of Skin (Marlene Dumas) - 1983
 Painting
 Tribute to: Dumas, Marlene 
 Collection: Eyes lips chest and belly 


My spirit is drowned,

my body still gasps for air --


still gasps to live on.


Mijn geest verdronk al,Mein Geist ertrank schon,
mijn lichaam hapt nog naar lucht --mein Körper schnappt noch nach Luft --
naar verderleven.nach weiterleben.

 Poem H4271
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-01
 Losing (Her Meaning) (Marlene Dumas) - 1988
 Painting, a diptych with "Waiting (For Meaning)" - see poem 5322. Lying in state
 Tribute to: Dumas, Marlene 
 Collection: Bruises 


She pulls her dress up

to her face and then freezes --


hiding it in shame.


Ze trekt haar jurk opSie zieht ihr Kleid hoch
tot haar gezicht en houdt het --bis ans Gesicht, erstarrt und --
beschaamd verborgen.verbirgt es vor Scham.

 Poem H4272
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-01
 The Cover-up (Marlene Dumas) - 1994
 Painting
 Tribute to: Dumas, Marlene 
 Collection: Imprints Masks 


Under the bottom

the star clusters angrily --


stare at the people.


Onder de bodemUnter dem Boden
staren de sterrenclusters --starren die Sternenschwärme --
boos naar de mensen.wütend auf die Welt.

 Poem S1987
 Amsterdam, 2023-11-01
 Jesus is crossed (Marlene Dumas) - 1983
 Painting "Jesus is boos"
 Tribute to: Dumas, Marlene 
 Collection: Metamorphic body 


I know decency,

I know, later I too will --


behave properly.


Ik zie hoe het hoortIch seh, wie sich's gehört,
en weet, later zal ook ik --und weiß, auch ich werde mich --
me gaan gedragen.benehmen, später.

 Poem H4266
 Amsterdam, 2023-10-31
 Lady in progress (Ronelda Kamfer) - 2008
 Poem "Dame in progress" (collection "Noudat slapende honde")
 Tribute to: Kamfer, Ronelda 
 Collection: Stall 


I said what I thought

I knew about dust, that it --


does not turn to dust.


Ik zei wat ik dachtIch sagte klar, was
te weten van st