Het ijzeren heden

Recensie 'De Morgen'






Motto Het ijzeren heden

('Er is zo weinig dat warm is en intiem. / Het is of we nooit kind geweest zijn.') 
is afkomstig uit de bundel Transport to Summer van de Amerikaanse dichter Wallace Stevens (1879-1955):

"Debris of Life and Mind"

There is so little that is close and warm.
It is as if we were never children.

Sit in the room. It is true in the moonlight 
That it is as if we had never been young.

We ought not to be awake. It is from this 
That a bright red woman will be rising

And, standing in violent golds, will brush her hair. 
She will speak thoughtfully the words of a line.

She will think about them not quite able to sing. 
Besides, when the sky is so blue, things sing themselves,

Even for her, already for her. She will listen 
And feel that her color is a meditation,

The most gay and yet not so gay as it was. 
Stay here. Speak of familiar things a while.

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