Lust tot lezen van gedichten

De Russische dichter Joseph Brodsky vond het zijn grootste verdienste dat hij zijn studenten duizenden gedichten uit het hoofd had laten leren. Wie gedichten tot onderdeel van zijn innerlijk leven maakt kan in een eigen wereld leven op elk gewenst ogenblik. Zo had Brodsky het onmenselijke bestaan in een strafkamp kwaliteit kunnen geven; met behulp […]

The Trees

          The trees are coming into leaf,Like something almost being said;The recent buds relax and spread,Their greenness is a kind of grief. Is it that they are born againAnd we grow old? No, they die too.Their yearly trick of looking newIs written down in rings of grain. Yet still the unresting castles threshIn fullgrown thickness […]

L’ange au sourire

Toi, l’ange au sourire, le messager de Dieu, les tailleurs de pierre ont su si bien exprimer sur ton visage le sourire mème de Dieu, pour dire á tous ceux qui te contemplent combien Dieu les aime, combien il leur est proche ! Toi, l’ange au sourire, tu as bravé toutes les destructions pour devenir […]

Das ist ein schlechtes Wetter

Das ist ein schlechtes Wetter, Es regnet und stürmt und schneit; Ich sitze am Fenster und schaue Hinaus in die Dunkelheit. Da schimmert ein einsames Lichtchen, Das wandelt langsam fort; Ein Mütterchen mit dem Laternchen Wankt über die Straße dort. Ich glaube, Mehl und Eier Und Butter kaufte sie ein; Sie will einen Kuchen backen […]

Star of the Nativity

In the cold season, in a locality accustomed to heat more thanto cold, to horizontality more than to a mountain,a child was born in a cave in order to save the world;it blew as only in deserts in winter it blows, athwart. To Him, all things seemed enormous: His mothers breast, the steamout of the […]


A white, pure cotton angeltill this day hovering in my closeton a metallic hanger. It’s thanks to himthat nothing untoward in all these yearshas ever happened to me, or to these quarters.A modest radius. one might say, though clearlydelineated. Having been made in the likenessbut incorporeal, angels possess just colorand velocity. The latter explains their […]


Should auld acquaintance be forgotAnd never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgotand auld lang syne?  For auld lang syne, my dearfor auld lang syne. We ‘ll take a cup o’ kindness yetfor auld lang syne. And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp! And surely I’ll be mine!We ‘ll take a cup o’ kindness yet For auld lang […]

De Zondvloed

Hoog en lank,Breed en gank,Dik en starkWas de ark.Daar in klamSem en HamMet zijn broer,Vaar en moer,En nog drijWijfs daar bij.Al het veeHad daar stee.Hart en hind,Brak en wind,Beer en leeuw,Roek en spreeuw,Peerd en os,Haas en vos,Zwijn en aap,Geit en schaap,Los en dasDaar ook was. Hen en haan,Specht en kraan,Duif en pauw,Uil en kauw,Raaf en […]

Dutch Mistress

A hotel in whose ledgers departures are more prominent than arrivals.With wet Koh-i-noors the October rainstrokes what´s left of the naked brain.In this country laid flat for the sake of rivers,beer smells of Germany and seagulls arein the air like a page´s soiled corners.Morning enters the premises with a coroner´spunctuality, puts its earto the ribs […]


I Dreamt a Dream! what can it mean?And that I was a maiden Queen,Guarded by an Angel mild;Witless woe was ne’er beguil’d! And I wept both night and day,And he wip’d my tears away,And I wept both day and night,And hid from him my heart’s delight. So he took his wings and fled;Then the morn […]