Monthly Archives: October 2016

A change is as good as another way

A change is as good as a different way . If Theseus had remembered to bring along his cell phone he could simply have used Google Maps to get him out of the labyrinth. And he wouldn’t have needed Ariadne’s … Continue reading

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Fernando Pessoa in Afrikaans

Fernando Pessoa . Ek weet nie hoeveel siele ek het nie. . Não sei quantas almas tenho. Cada momento mudei. Continuamente me estranho. Nunca me vi nem achei. . Fernando Pessoa . Ek weet nie hoeveel siele ek het nie. … Continue reading

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Standing under knowing

Photo: De Waal Venter .   Standing under knowing . At this hour, minute, second and split second my ken is floating between two layers of leaves on the maple tree. . It floats past molecules of water that escaped … Continue reading

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Wild thinking

Wild thinking . On a Thursday morning I discovered that some of my thoughts were crocodiles. Why are you shuddering with revulsion? Crocodiles have as much right as your or I to live and love on this earth. You may … Continue reading

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A new word

A new word . We moved camp today. Bor and the young men brought in a bison calf. There is a thin line of mountains where the sun always dies. Some of the trees here are strange to me. Nala’s … Continue reading

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Both sides of the boundary

Photographic: De Waal Venter .   Both sides of the boundary . This is the border between Russia and Finland, a simple wire fence. Clamber over. . This is the border between sleeping and waking, a dusky state of being. … Continue reading

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Here it is, the invisible obvious

Plaza de la Reina, city of Valencia . Here it is, the invisible obvious . In between all the other happenings – a bird flapping its wings, the sun climbing the steep hill of the morning, carbon atoms hungrily grabbing … Continue reading

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Herrenvolk

STALINGRAD Herrenvolk . Die radio is ’n bruin kabinet, hoër as die seun, dit het ’n ronde, geel wysterplaat met ’n gloeiende lig. . Musiek kom uit die radio, vanuit die deel wat bedek is met bruin doek wat jou … Continue reading

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A poem that does not exist

Photographic: De Waal Venter .   A poem that does not exist . Nothing will be said about the brooding of the armchair in the loosely plaited murky hours after midnight. . There will be no words about the woman … Continue reading

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Photo: De Waal Venter . Truth . It was held between two piano notes, vibrating, but soundless. . It was captured between two pages of a book on linguistics, unread, and unseen. . It was placed between darkness and the … Continue reading

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