donderdag, januari 31, 2008

Not on fear but on poetry

I have rescheduled fear for tonight (Is yesterday's post but blogger went down and took my post ith him). I just foend out that today is gedichtendag in the netherlands. That is poetryday. I havent written anything in ages but I am quite good at reading poetry so for my dutch readers my alltime favourite communist: Herman Gorter

Het strand was stil en bleek,
ik zat doodstil en keek
naar de blauwe rimpeling --
er was ook windgezing.

Ik wist wie naast me zat
witrokkig en ze had
roosrood het glad gezicht --
er was ook veel zonlicht.

If you never read Verzen go do so today. If it rains to hard to leave the house check him out online.

One day I will have to quilt the above poem..Gorter is so visual somehow. I like that in a poem probably why my only english poetrybook is wordsworth:


I wandered lonely as a cloud:
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars
that shine and twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
in such a jocund company:
I gazed - and gazed - but little thought
what wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

I do realise by the way that htere has been poetry written in the last centuryand ahalf. I do like a lot of it. But well if I can only take one book to a desert island it would be Gorter..

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