Beeld in Salamanca
Was het uit hout gesneden of uit steen gekapt,
het beeldhouwwerk op het dak?
Als riep het alleen vragen op: In welke eeuw
hadden de bouwers van de stad de ooievaar
een plaats als heilige waard geacht?
Onverwacht, als door een omkering van
de zwaartekracht, bevrijdde de vogel zich
van het kunstwerk waarvoor ik hem gehouden had.
De slaapwagen was de einder. Een gunst van de nacht.
Tot en met de tekening in het fluweel
had Gropius bedacht. Leder, geslepen spiegels
en de luxe hierin een zinsnede te verbeelden.
Hij hoort zich nog zeggen: Daarna reizen wij af
naar Virginia of Californië. Tijd genoeg. Zolang straten
en pleinen de namen van schilders en schrijvers dragen.
Belachelijk klein was de landkaart in de serre
waarin thee werd gedronken
en het groen van Canada het won van de zon.
Een gunst van de dag. Nooit had hij zulke
mooie muziek op het perron van Treblinka verwacht.
Zo gaat het, zo ging het en zo zal het altijd gaan.
Afspreken in cafés op de sluitingsdag.
Aan de verkeerde zijde van bruggen staan.
Tussen duim en wijsvinger, als brandende as,
het fout begrepen telefoonnummer.
Parken te nat, hotels te vol, Parijs te ver.
Liefde als een veelvoud van vergissingen.
Onbeholpen woorden als zo-even op zak en
zoveel zin om, los van de wetten
van goede smaak en intellect, te schrijven
dat van de stad waar je elkaar voor het eerst zag,
een plattegrond bestaat, waarop een kus,
die het nauwelijks was, geregistreerd werd.
Eddy van Vliet (11 september 1942 – 5 oktober 2002)
De Engelse romanschrijver D.H. Lawrence werd geboren op 11 september 1885 in Eastwood (Nottinghamshire). Zie ook mijn blog van 11 september 2006 en ook mijn blog van 11 september 2007 en ook mijn blog van 11 september 2008
Uit: Sons and lovers
“The bottoms” succeeded to “Hell Row.” Hell Row was a block of thatched, bulging cottages that stood by the brookside on Greenhill Lane. There lived the colliers who worked in the little gin-pits two fields away. The brook ran under the alder trees, scarcely soiled by these small mines, whose coal was drawn to the surface by donkeys that plodded wearily in a circle round a gin. And all over the countryside were these same pits, some of which had been worked in the time of Charles II, the few colliers and the donkeys burrowing down like ants into the earth, making queer mounds and little black places among the corn-fields and the meadows. And the cottages of these coal-miners, in blocks and pairs here and there, together with odd farms and homes of the stockingers, straying over the parish, formed the village of Bestwood.
Then, some sixty years ago, a sudden change took place. The gin-pits were elbowed aside by the large mines of the financiers. The coal and iron field of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire was discovered. Carston, Waite and Co. appeared. Amid tremendous excitement, Lord Palmerston formally opened the company’s first mine at Spinney Park, on the edge of Sherwood Forest.
About this time the notorious Hell Row, which through growing old had acquired an evil reputation, was burned down, and much dirt was cleansed away.
Carston, Waite & Co. found they had struck on a good thing, so, down the valleys of the brooks from Selby and Nuttall, new mines were sunk, until soon there were six pits working. From Nuttall, high up on the sandstone among the woods, the railway ran, past the ruined priory of the Carthusians and past Robin Hood’s Well, down to Spinney Park, then on to Minton, a large mine among corn-fields; from Minton across the farmlands of the valleyside to Bunker’s Hill, branching off there, and running north to Beggarlee and Selby, that looks over at Crich and the hills of Derbyshire: six mines like black studs on the countryside, linked by a loop of fine chain, the railway.
To accommodate the regiments of miners, Carston, Waite and Co. built the Squares, great quadrangles of dwellings on the hillside of Bestwood, and then, in the brook valley, on the site of Hell Row, they erected the Bottoms.
The Bottoms consisted of six blocks of miners’ dwellings, two rows of three, like the dots on a blank-six domino, and twelve houses in a block. This double row of dwellings sat at the foot of the rather sharp slope from Bestwood, and looked out, from the attic windows at least, on the slow climb of the valley towards Selby.”
D.H. Lawrence (11 september 1885 – 2 maart 1930)
Portret door Mike Bolt
Uit: The Gift of the Magi
“One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.
There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, and sniffles predominating.
While the mistress of the home is gradually subsiding from the first stage to the second, take a look at the home. A furnished flat at $8 per week. It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.
In the vestibule below was a letter-box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from which no mortal finger could coax a ring. Also appertaining there-unto was a card bearing the name “Mr. James Dillingham Young.”
The “Dillingham” had been flung to the breeze during a former period of prosperity when its possessor was being paid $30 per week. Now, when the income was shrunk to $20, the letters of “Dillingham” looked blurred, as though they were thinking seriously of contracting to a modest and unassuming D. But whenever Mr. James Dillingham Young came home and reached his flat above he was called “Jim” and greatly hugged by Mrs. James Dillingham Young, already introduced to you as Della. Which is all very good.
Della finished her cry and attended to her cheeks with the powder rag. She stood by the window and looked out dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard. Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with which to buy Jim a present. She had been saving every penny she could for months, with this result. Twenty dollars a week doesn’t go far. Expenses had been greater than she had calculated. They always are. Only $1.87 to buy a present for Jim. Her Jim. Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice for him. Something fine and rare and sterling—something just a little bit near to being worthy of the honor of being owned by Jim.”
O. Henry (11 september 1862 – 5 juni 1910)
Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 11e september ook mijn vorige blog van vandaag.