Fronleichnamsprozession (Georg Heym)

Bij Sacramentsdag

 

 
Am Fronleichnamsmorgen door Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, 1857

 

Fronleichnamsprozession

O weites Land des Sommers und der Winde,
Der reinen Wolken, die dem Wind sich bieten.
Wo goldener Weizen reift und die Gebinde
Des gelben Roggens trocknen in den Mieten.

Die Erde dämmert von den Düften allen,
Von grünen Winden und des Mohnes Farben,
Des schwere Köpfe auf den Stielen fallen
Und weithin brennen aus den hohen Garben.

Des Feldwegs Brücke steigt im halben Bogen,
Wo helle Wellen weiße Kiesel feuchten.
Die Wassergräser werden fortgezogen,
Die in der Sonne aus dem Bache leuchten.

Die Brücke schwankt herauf die erste Fahne.
Sie flammt von Gold und Rot. Die Seidenquasten
Zu beiden Seiten halten Kastellane
Im alten Chorrock, dem von Staub verblaßten.

Man hört Gesang. Die jungen Priester kommen.
Barhäuptig gehen sie vor den Prälaten.
Zu Flöten schallt der Meßgesang. Die frommen
Und alten Lieder wandern durch die Saaten.

In weißen Kleidchen kommen Kinder singend.
Sie tragen kleine Kränze in den Haaren.
Und Knaben, runde Weihrauchkessel schwingend,
Im Spitzenrock und roten Festtalaren.

Die Kirchenbilder kommen auf Altären.
Mariens Wunden brennen hell im Licht.
Und Christus naht, von Blumen bunt, die wehren
Die Sonne von dem gelben Holzgesicht.

Im Baldachine glänzt des Bischofs Krone.
Er schreitet singend mit dem heiligen Schrein.
Der hohe Stimmenschall der Diakone
Fliegt weit hinaus durch Land und Felderreih’n.

Der Truhen Glanz weht um die alte Tracht.
Die Kessel dampfen, drin die Kräuter kohlen.
Sie ziehen durch der weiten Felder Pracht,
Und matter glänzen die vergilbten Stolen.

Der Zug wird kleiner. Der Gesang verhallt.
Sie ziehn dahin, dem grünen Wald entgegen.
Er tut sich auf. Der Glanz verzieht im Wald,
Wo goldne Stille träumt auf dunklen Wegen.

Der Mittag kommt. Es schläft das weite Land,
Die tiefen Wege, wo die Schwalbe schweift,
Und eine Mühle steht am Himmelsrand,
Die ewig nach den weißen Wolken greift.

 
Georg Heym (30 oktober 1887 – 16 januari 1912)
Hirschberg. Georg Heym werd geboren in Hirschberg

 

Zie voor de schrijvers van de 26e mei ook mijn vorige blog van vandaag.

Alan Hollinghurst, Radwa Ashour, Hugo Raes, Vítězslav Nezval, Ivan O. Godfroid, Maxwell Bodenheim, Isabella Nadolny, Machteld Brands

 

De Britse schrijver Alan Hollinghurst werd geboren op 26 mei 1954 in Stoud, Gloucestershire. Zie ook alle tags voor Alan Hollinghurst op dit blog.

Uit: The Swimming Pool Library

“Yet only this year I had been with boys called just those staid things; and they were not staid boys. Nor was Arthur. His name was perhaps the least likely ever to have been young: it evoked for me the sunless complexion, unaired suiting, steel-rimmed glasses of a ledger clerk in a vanished age. Or had done so, before I found my beautiful, cocky, sluttish Arthur-an Arthur it was impossible to imagine old. His smooth face, with its huge black eyes and sexily weak chin, was always crossed by the light and shade of uncertainty, and met your gaze with the rootless self-confidence of youth.
Arthur was seventeen, and came from Stratford East. I had been out all that day, and when I was having dinner with my oldest friend James I nearly told him that I had this boy back home, but swallowed my words and glowed boozily with secret pleasure. James, besides, was a doctor, full of caution and common sense, and would have thought I was crazy to leave a virtual stranger in my home. In my stuffy, opinionated family, though, there was a stubborn tradition of trust, and I had perhaps absorbed from my mother the habit of testing servants and window-cleaners by exposing them to temptation. I took a slightly creepy pleasure in imagining Arthur in the flat alone, absorbing its alien richness, looking at the pictures, concentrating of course on Whitehaven’s photograph of me in my little swimming-trunks, the shadow across my eyes… I was unable to feel anxiety about those electrical goods which are the general currency of burglaries-and I doubted if the valuable discs (the Rattle Tristan among them) would be to Arthur’s taste. He liked dance-music that was hot and cool-the kind that whipped and crooned across the dance-floor of the Shaft, where I had met him the night before.
He was watching television when I got in. The curtains were drawn, and he had dug out an old half-broken electric fire; it was extremely hot. He got up from his chair, smiling nervously. ‘I was just watching TV,’ he said. I took my jacket off, looking at him and surprised to find what he looked like. By remembering many times one or two of his details I had lost the overall hang of him. I wondered about all the work that must go into combing his hair into the narrow ridges that ran back from his forehead to the nape of his neck, where they ended in young tight pigtails, perhaps eight of them, only an inch long. I kissed him, my left hand sliding between his high, plump buttocks while with the other I stroked the back of his head. Oh, the ever-open softness of black lips; and the strange dryness of the knots of his pigtails, which crackled as I rolled them between my fingers, and seemed both dead and half-erect.”

 

 
Alan Hollinghurst (Stoud, 26 mei 1954)
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