Dolce far niente, Rainer Maria Rilke, Fernando Arrabal, Yoshikawa Eiji, Ernst Stadler, Hugh MacDiarmid, Andre Dubus

Dolce far niente

 

Slapende herder met zijn hond door Filippo Palizzia, ca. 1870


Traum ist Brokat, der vor dir niederfließt.

Traum ist Brokat, der vor dir niederfließt.
Traum ist ein Baum, ein Glanz der geht, ein Laut –
ein Fühlen, das in dir beginnt und schließt ist Traum;
ein Tier das dir ins Auge schaut ist Traum;
ein Engel, welcher dich genießt, ist Traum.
Traum ist das Wort, das sanften Falles in dein Gefühl
fällt wie ein Blütenblatt,
das dir im Haar bleibt: licht, verwirrt und matt –,
hebst du die Hände auf: auch dann kommt Traum,
kommt in sie wie das Fallen eines Balles –;
fast alles träumt –, du aber trägst das alles.

Rainer Maria Rilke (4 december 1875 – 29 december 1926)
Borstbeeld van Rilke in Praag, zijn geboorteplaats


De Spaanse schrijver, dichter, dramaturg en cineast Fernando Arrabal werd geboren in Melila, Spaans Marokko op 11 augustus 1932. Zie ook alle tags voor Fernando Arrabal op dit blog.

Uit: Lettre au général Franco (Vertaald door Dominique Sevrain)

« Excellence,

Je vous écris cette lettre avec amour. Sans la plus légère ombre de haine ou de rancœur, il me faut vous dire que vous êtes l’homme qui m’a causé le plus de mal. J’ai grand peur en commençant à vous écrire. Je crains que cette modeste lettre, qui émeut tout mon être, soit trop fragile pour vous atteindre, qu’elle n’arrive pas entre vos mains. Je crois que vous souffrez infiniment. Seul un être qui ressent une telle souffrance peut imposer tant de douleur autour de lui. La douleur règne non seulement sur votre vie d’homme politique et de soldat, mais jusque sur vos distractions. Vous peignez des naufrages, votre jeu favori est de tuer des lapins, des pigeons ou des thons. Dans votre biographie : que de cadavres ! en Afrique, aux Asturies, pendant la guerre civile et l’après-guerre. Toute votre vie couverte par la moisissure du deuil. Je vous imagine cerné de colombes sans pattes, de guirlandes noires, de rêves qui grincent le sang et la mort. Je souhaite que vous vous transformiez, que vous changiez, que vous vous sauviez, oui ; c’est-à-dire que vous soyez heureux, enfin. Que vous renonciez au monde de répression, de haine, de geôle, de bons et de méchants qui présentement vous entourent. Je ne fais pas partie des espagnols qui, par légion, à la fin de la guerre civile, traversèrent les Pyrénées couvertes de neige, comme mon ami Enrique qui avait alors 11 mois. Les ventres secs, l’épouvante à flot cherchaient la cime et fuyaient le fond de la terreur. Que d’héroïsmes anonymes, que de mères à pied portant leurs enfants dans leurs bras. Puis, tout au long de ces années, de ces derniers lustres, combien ce sont exilés ? Combien ont émigré ? Ne voyez en moi aucun orgueil. Je ne me sens en aucune façon supérieure à quiconque et moins qu’à personne à vous. Nous sommes tous les mêmes. Mais il faut écouter cette voix qui vient jusqu’à vous, baignée d’émotions, volant par-dessus la moitié de l’Europe. Ce que je vais vous écrire dans cette lettre, la plupart des hommes d’Espagne pourraient vous le dire si leurs bouches n’étaient pas scellées. C’est ce que disent les poètes en privé. Mais ils ne peuvent proclamer à haute voix le cri de leur cœur : ils risquent la prison. C’est pourquoi tant s’en sont allés. Votre régime est un maillon de plus dans une chaîne d’intolérance commencée en Espagne voilà des siècles. Je voudrais que vous preniez conscience de cette situation et, grâce à cela, que vous ôtiez les baillons et les menottes qui emprisonnent la plupart des espagnols. Tel est le but de ma lettre: vous voir changer. »

Fernando Arrabal (Melila, 11 augustus 1932)
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De Japanse schrijver Yoshikawa Eiji werd geboren op 11 augustus 1892 in de prefectuur Kanagawa. Zie ook alle tags voor Yoshikawa Eiji op dit blog.

Uit: Taiko (Vertaald door William Scott Wilson)

“Whether in the villages or on the roads, the children were quick to yell this whenever they saw warriors. The general, the mounted samurai, and the common soldiers dragging their feet were all silent, their strong faces set like masks. They did not warn the children about getting too close to the horses, nor did they favor them with so much as a grin. These troops seemed to be part of the army that had withdrawn from Mikawa, and it was clear that the battle had been bitterly fought. Both horses and men were exhausted. Blood-smeared wounded leaned heavily on the shoulders of their comrades. Dried blood glistened, as black as lacquer, on armor and spear shafts. Their sweaty faces were so caked with dust that only their eyes shone through. “Give the horses water,” ordered an officer. The samurai on horseback passed the order along in loud voices. Another order went out to take a rest. The horsemen dismounted, and the foot soldiers stopped dead in their tracks. Breathing sighs of relief, they dropped wordlessly onto the grass. Across the river, Kiyosu Castle looked tiny. One of the samurai was Oda Nobuhide’s younger brother, Yosaburo. He sat on a stool, gazing up at the sky, surrounded by half a dozen silent retainers. Men bound up arm and leg wounds. From the pallor of their faces it was clear they had suffered a great defeat This did not matter to the children. When they saw blood, they themselves became heroes bathed in blood; when they saw the glitter of spears and pikes, they were convinced that the enemy had been annihilated, and they were filled with pride and excitement. “Hachiman! Hachiman! Victory!” When the horses had drunk their fill of water, the children threw flowers at them, too, cheering them on. A samurai standing beside his horse spotted Hiyoshi and called, “Yaemon’s son! How is your mother?” “Who, me?” Hiyoshi walked up to the man and looked straight up at him with his grimy face. With a nod, the man put his hand on Hiyoshi’s sweaty head. The samurai was no more than twenty years old. Thinking this man had just come from battle, and feeling the weight of the hand in its chain-mail gauntlet on his head, Hiyoshi was overwhelmed by a feeling of glory.”

Yoshikawa Eiji (11 augustus 1892 – 7 september 1962)
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De Duitse dichter Ernst Stadler werd geboren op 11 augustus 1883 in Colmar (Kolmar). Zie ook alle tags voor Ernst Stadler op dit blog.

Beata Beatrix

Dämmerläuten schüttet in den veilchenblauen Abend
weiße Blütenflocken. Kleine Flocken
blank wie Muschelperlen rieseln· tanzen·
schwärmen weich wie dünne blasse Daunen·
wirbelnd· wölkend. Schwere Blütenbäume
streuen goldne Garben. Wilde Gärten
tragen mich in blaue Wundernächte·
große wilde Gärten. Tiefe Beete
schwanken brennend auf· wie Traumgewässer
still und spiegelnd. Silberkähne heben
mich von braunen Uferwiesen
in das Leuchten. Über Scharlachfluten
dunklen Mohns· der rot in Flammensäulen
züngelt· treibt der Nachen. Bleiche Lilien
tropfen schillernd drüberhin wie Wellen.
Düfte aus kristallnen Nächten tauchend·
schlingen wirr und hängen sich ins Haar·
und sie locken . . leise· leise . .
und die grünen klaren Tiefen flimmern . .
Purpurstrahlen schießen . . leise sink ich . .
süß umfängt mich müder Laut von Geigen . .
schwingt· sinkt· gleitende Paläste
funkeln fern. Licht stürzt
über mich. Weit· grün
schwebt ein Glänzen . .

 

Bahnhöfe

Wenn in den Gewölben abendlich die blauen Kugelschalen
Aufdämmern, glänzt ihr Licht in die Nacht hinüber gleich dem Feuer von Signalen.
Wie Lichtoasen ruhen in der stählernen Hut die geschwungenen Hallen
Und warten. Und dann sind sie mit einem Mal von Abenteuer überfallen,
Und alle erzne Kraft ist in ihren riesigen Leib verstaut,
Und der wilde Atem der Maschine, die wie ein Tier auf der Flucht stille steht und um sich schaut,
Und es ist, als ob sich das Schicksal vieler hundert Menschen in ihr erzitterndes Bett ergossen hätte,
Und die Luft ist kriegerisch erfüllt von den Balladen südlicher Meere und grüner Küsten und der großen Städte.
Und dann zieht das Wunder weiter. Und schon ist wieder
Stille und Licht wie ein Sternhimmel aufgegangen,
Aber noch lange halten die aufgeschreckten Wände, wie Muscheln Meergetön, die verklingende Musik eines wilden Abenteuers gefangen.

Ernst Stadler (11 augustus 1883 – 30 oktober 1914)

 

De Schotse dichter Hugh MacDiarmid werd geboren op 11 augustus 1892 als Christopher Marray Grieve in Langholm. Zie ook alle tags voor Hugh MacDiarmid op dit blog.

Gairmscoile (Fragment)

II

Wergeland, my warld as thine ‘ca’ canny’ cries,
And daurna lippen to auld Scotland’s virr.
Ah, weel ye kent—as Carlyle quo’ likewise—
Maist folk are thowless fules wha downa stir,
Crouse sumphs that hate nane ‘bies wha’d wauken them.
To them my Pegasus tae’s a crocodile.
Whummelt I tak’ a bobquaw for the lift.
Insteed o’ sangs my mou’ drites eerned phlegm.
… Natheless like thee I stalk on mile by mile,
Howk’n up deid stumps o’ thocht, and saw’in my eident gift.

Ablachs, and scrats, and dorbels o’ a’ kinds
Aye’d drob me wi’ their puir eel-droonin’ minds,
Wee drochlin’ craturs drutling their bit thochts
The dorty bodies! Feech! Nae Sassunuch drings
‘ll daunton me. —Tak’ ye sic things for poets?
Cock-lairds and drotes depert Parnassus noo.
A’e flash o’ wit the lot to drodlich dings.
Rae, Martin, Sutherland—the dowless crew,
I’ll twine the dow’d sheaves o’ their toom-ear’d corn,
Bind them wi’ pity and dally them wi’ scorn.

Lang ha’e they posed as men o’ letters here,
Dounhaddin’ the Doric and keepin’t i’ the draiks,
Drivellin’ and druntin’, wi’ mony a datchie sneer
… But soon we’ll end the haill eggtaggle, fegs!
… The auld volcanoes rummle ‘neath their feet,
And a’ their shoddy lives ‘ll soon be drush,
Danders o’ Hell! They feel th’ unwelcome heat,
The deltit craturs, and their sauls are slush,
For we ha’e faith in Scotland’s hidden poo’ers,
The present’s theirs, but a’ the past and future’s oors.

Hugh MacDiarmid (11 augustus 1892 – 9 september 1978)

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver en essayist Andre Dubus werd geboren op 11 augustus 1936 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Zie ook alle tags voor Andre Dubus op dit blog.

Uit: Dancing After Hours

“Beneath his heart, wings fluttered. He looked at her eyes and the wings paused like a hawk’s, and glided. “You,” he said, and they rushed in his breast, and someplace beneath them he felt the cool plume of a lie. “I want to feel you.” The lie spread upward, but light was in her eyes, and she was standing, was saying softly: “Let’s go.” He stood and put on his coat and hat; she had a black umbrella; she left her newspaper on the counter and he followed her out the door. She opened the umbrella, held it between them, and he stepped under it. His arm touched hers; perhaps it was the first time he had ever touched her. He went with her up the street, away from the river; at the corner she stopped and faced traffic, and watched the red light. He looked at her profile. Suddenly he felt the solidity of the earth beneath his feet. Were gravity and grave rooted in the same word? In that moment, looking at her left eye and its long upturning lashes, her nose and lips, and the curve of her chin, he could have told her they must not do this, that he was a waste of her time, her fertility. Then she turned to him, and her eyes amazed him; he was either lost or found, he could not know which, and he surrendered. The traffic light changed and they crossed the street and she led him down a brick alley between brick shops, then across a courtyard. His life was repeating itself, yet it felt not repetitious but splendid, and filled with grace. He lowered his eyes to rain moving on darkened bricks. God in heaven, he thought, if there is one, bless us. As a boy he was an Episcopalian. Then, with his first wife, he became his flesh and what it earned. Only his love for his children felt more spiritual than carnal. Holding one in his arms, he felt connected with something ancient, even immortal. In the arms of his passionate wife he felt a communion he believed was the supreme earthly joy. It had ended and he had found it again with other wives and other women, and always its ending had flung him into a dark pit of finitude, whose walls seeped despair as palpable as the rain he walked in now, after too many years. Doreen’s kiss dispelled those years. She gave it to him just across the threshold of her apartment, and he marveled at the resilience of nature. So many kisses in his lifetime, yet here he was, as though kissed for the first time on a front porch in summer in Dayton, Ohio. Oh plenitude, oh spring rain, and new love. He did not see the apartment: it was objects and shadows they moved through. Her unmade bed was box springs and a mattress on the floor, and quickly they were in it, his hat and clothes on the carpet with hers. He did not want it to end; he made love to her with his lips, his hands, his tongue. The muscles of her arms and stomach and legs were hard, her touch and voice soft; he spoke her name, he called her “sweet,” he called her “my lovely,” he perspired, and once from his stomach came a liquid moan of hunger.”

Andre Dubus (11 augustus 1936 –  24 februari 1999)
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Zie voor nog meer schrijvers ook mijn blog van 11 augustus 2016 en ook mijn blog van 11 augustus 2011 deel 2.

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