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Zywa 18h
Teardrop diamonds,

frozen on my eyelashes:


beautiful sadness.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 1-1 "The perforated sheet"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa 18h
I rule out myself

when reading, so I can hear --


what is being said.
Philological study "The Text of the Epistles. A Disquisition upon the Corpus Paulinum" (2007, Günther Zuntz) - "Lesen heißt mit fremden Kopfe denken" ("Reading is thinking with other people's minds"), cited in the philological study "Geschreven en toegeschreven" ("Scribed and Ascribed", 2013, Charles Vergeer), § 7.A: "Lezen is zich verdiepen in een tekst. Luisteren naar de toon en de stem van de tekst zoals we luisteren naar muziek." ("Reading is going into a text. Listening to the tone and voice of the text like we listen to music")

Collection "Glimpsed"
Zywa 1d
We shout many views,

are seldom examining --


our very standpoints.
Poem "(work in progress) 'n meerstemmige teks: pogings om die wit staar aan myself te verduidelik - poging 3" ("(work in progress) a part-text: attempts to explain the white stare to myself - attempt 3", 2022, Antjie Krog)

Collection "Unseen"
Zywa 1d
Being bored deeply

is a vague experience --


of all that exists.
"Die Langeweile offenbare das Seiende im Ganzen" ("Boredom reveals entities in the whole"), in: "Was ist Metaphysik?" ("What is metaphysics?", 1929, Martin Heidegger)

Collection "Unseen"
Zywa 2d
A freethinker thinks

about questions, the answers --


he doesn't want to hear.
Novel "Een tevreden lach" ("A happy smile", 1965, Andreas Burnier), chapter "The train" --- Collection "Unseen"
Zywa 2d
The holiday guests

stay away, I imagine --


a quite poor reason.
Novel "Buiten is het maandag" ("Outside, it's Monday", 2003, J. Bernlef), part 1, chapter 10 --- Collection "Unseen"
Zywa 3d
The evening twilight.

Tipping up, I see the white --


scuts of the rabbits.
Novel "Buiten is het maandag" ("Outside, it's Monday", 2003, J. Bernlef), part 6, chapter 2 --- Collection "SoulSenseSun"
Zywa 3d
A cow is a cow,

anywhere in the world she --


looks at you deeply.
Novel "Buiten is het maandag" ("Outside, it's Monday", 2003, J. Bernlef), part 5, chapter 1 --- Collection "SoulSenseSun"
Zywa 4d
God is like a sound,

He's everywhere, wherever --


there is space, He sounds.
"La Caravane de la Poésie" in 1999 - Tuareg poet Eraf Hawad speaks about the nomadic way of life --- Tale "A Change of tongue" (2003, Antjie Krog)

Collection "Held/True"
Zywa 4d
As if God sees us

like the people on tv --


look blindly at us?
After the novella "Het theater, de brief en de waarheid" ("The theatre, the letter and the truth", 2000, Harry Mulisch), chapter 1

Collection "Held/True"
Zywa 5d
The minaret sticks

accusingly in our house --


its shadow finger.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 2-14 "Jamila Singer"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa 5d
The flower necklace,

she throws it away, doesn't want --


to be manacled.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 2-5 "Love in Bombay"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa 6d
Unfortunately

none of my birthday guests know --


how to celebrate.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 2-6 "My tenth birthday"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa 6d
The words she spits out

rip open everyone's skin --


like a vast, barbed net.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 2-6 "My tenth birthday"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa 7d
Everything happens

to me, nonetheless I am --


the protagonist.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 2-9 "The Kolynos Kid"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa 7d
I know I'm destined

for great deeds, however, first --


I've to finish school.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 2-8 "Alpha and Omega"

Collection "Low gear"
Apr 12 · 127
[ He's vulnerable ]
Zywa Apr 12
He's vulnerable,

just look at the craquelure --


over grandpa's eyes.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 2-11 "Revelations"

Collection "Low gear"
Apr 12 · 50
[ For 5,000 years ]
Zywa Apr 12
For 5,000 years,

people have been dreaming, will --


they ever wake up?
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 2-9 "The Kolynos Kid"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 11
Ghosts see everything,

including us, like we see --


them: vaguely present.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 3-3 "Sam and the Tiger"
Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 11
Her hatred sits there

like a gecko, I can smell --


its stench of *****.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 2-15 "How Saleem achieved purity"

Collection "Low gear"
Apr 10 · 37
[ A night of sucking ]
Zywa Apr 10
A night of *******

on sleeping bodies, and then --


the leeches explode.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 3-2 "In the Sundarbans"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 10
Don't mourn for the dead,

grieve only for the living --


Do it for yourself.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 3-1 "The buddha" (old man)

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 9
The soldiers scurry

away from what I don't want --


and not can believe.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 3-3 "Sam and the Tiger"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 9
Our soldiers wouldn't do

anything like that, we dream --


It can not be true.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 3-3 "Sam and the Tiger"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 8
The calls for prayer

freeze and fall in empty streets --


as sacred snowflakes.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 3-5 "A wedding"

Collection "Low gear"
Apr 8 · 188
[ Being a hero ]
Zywa Apr 8
Being a hero,

still thoroughly despised --


for some bad manners.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 3-5 "A wedding"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 7
In the private club,

the hostesses are blind, eyes --


painted on the lids.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 3-7 "Abracadabra"

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 7
A person must learn,

there are no suns anywhere --


that don't cast shadows.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 3-7 "Abracadabra": We must live, I'm afraid, with the shadows of imperfection

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 6
The world does exist,

finally I know for sure:


I am dying there.
Novel "The Satanic Verses" (1988, Salman Rushdie), chapter 9 A wonderful lamp

Collection "Low gear"
Apr 6 · 99
[ An imperfection ]
Zywa Apr 6
An imperfection

is a shadow in your life --


with thanks to the sun.
Novel "Midnight's Children" (1981, Salman Rushdie), chapter 3-7 "Abracadabra": We must live, I'm afraid, with the shadows of imperfection

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 5
Cities put their faith

in citizens, villages --


put their faith in god.
Novel "The Moor's Last Sigh" (1995, Salman Rushdie), chapter A house divided, (1-) 4

Collection "Low gear"
Apr 5 · 42
[ The biggest taboo ]
Zywa Apr 5
The biggest taboo

is of course, ouch, your parents' --


sexuality.
Novel "The Moor's Last Sigh" (1995, Salman Rushdie), chapter A house divided, (1-) 7

Collection "Low gear"
Apr 4 · 89
[ Family demands ]
Zywa Apr 4
Family demands

obedience, love isn't --


invulnerable.
Novel "The Moor's Last Sigh" (1995, Salman Rushdie), chapter A house divided, (1-) 7

Collection "Low gear"
Apr 4 · 40
[ Waiving happiness ]
Zywa Apr 4
Waiving happiness

and suffering for the truth:


a better country.
Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru

Novel "The Moor's Last Sigh" (1995, Salman Rushdie), chapter A house divided, (1-) 3

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 3
I'm walking my dog

in the sound of the silence --


with my earplugs in.
Novel "Fury" (2001, Salman Rushdie), chapter 7

Song "The sound of silence" (1964, Simon & Garfunkel)

Collection "Low gear"
Zywa Apr 3
Corpses in the street

look like humans, but fake ones --


more like broken dolls.
Novel "Fury" (2001, Salman Rushdie), chapter 6

Collection "Low gear"
Apr 2 · 139
[ Human babies are ]
Zywa Apr 2
Human babies are

infected from birth, with the --


story parasite.
Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights, 2015, Salman Rushdie), chapter 4 "The Strangenessses"

Collection "Low gear"
Apr 2 · 100
[ It's a merry day ]
Zywa Apr 2
It's a merry day,

we dance on the earth *****:


feet full of music.
Composition "Velocities (Moto Perpetuo)" for marimba (1990, Joseph Schwantner), performed in the Organpark on March 15th, 2024 by Tomasz Herisz - Tatiana Koleva calls the marimba an earth-*****

Collection "anp" #176
Apr 1 · 240
[ Within every ]
Zywa Apr 1
Within every

story new stories, that's how --


the universe works.
Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights, 2015, Salman Rushdie), chapter 7 "Within the Chinese Box,"

Collection "Low gear"
Apr 1 · 76
[ Sneaking silently ]
Zywa Apr 1
Sneaking silently,

as part of a secret plan --


and it will end well.
Composition "Variations on Japanese Children's Songs" for marimba (1982, Keiko Abe), performed in the Organpark on March 15th, 2024 by Sung-En Chi

Collection "anp" #177
Zywa Mar 31
The many years lived

make me crooked, I subside --


sink into my roots.
Novel "Spertyd" ("Deadline", 2017, Elsa Joubert), opening sentence

Collection "After the festivities"
Mar 31 · 90
[ We only conquer ]
Zywa Mar 31
We only 'conquer'

our own place in the world by --


living together.
Symbiosis (Living together): the "Survival of the fittest" (1864, Herbert Spencer) takes place within systems of symbiosis (1966, Lynn Margulis)

Collection "The drama"
Zywa Mar 30
I'm dreaming my life

in a parallel world, it's --


a roller-coaster.
In response to Esther Gerritsen's lack of critical imagination in describing the mental rollercoaster in her novel "Gebied 19" ("Area 19", part of the visual cortex in the brain, 2023, Esther Gerritsen), with a reference from me to the story "De achtbaan" ("The roller-coaster", 1953, Belcampo)

Collection "Held/True"
Zywa Mar 30
The neighbours have left,

their garden is drying out --


now I water it.
Novel "Gebied 19" ("Area 19", part of the visual cortex in the brain, 2023, Esther Gerritsen), chapters 1-1, 1-2, 1-8

Collection "Stream"
Zywa Mar 29
My foe shows no light,

but I do sense some little --


dark within myself.
Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights, 2015, Salman Rushdie), chapter 8 "In Which the Tide Begins to Turn"

Collection "Low gear"
Mar 29 · 108
[ She never shuts up ]
Zywa Mar 29
She never shuts up,

in my sleep she keeps talking:


Radio Married.
Novel "Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights" (which is 1001 nights, 2015, Salman Rushdie), chapter 6 "Dunia in Love, Again"

Collection "Low gear"
Mar 28 · 64
[ He is also there ]
Zywa Mar 28
He is also there,

listlessly looking away --


we mumble hello.
Novel "De opdracht" ("The Mission", 1995, Wessel te Gussinklo), chapter (1-) 3

Collection "Truder"
Zywa Mar 28
Girls giggle and they

keep shifting the position --


of their bulging calves.
Novel "De opdracht" ("The Mission", 1995, Wessel te Gussinklo), chapter (1-) 4

Collection "Glimpsed"
Mar 27 · 209
[ The way he behaves ]
Zywa Mar 27
The way he behaves,

imitating me, never --


I would act like that!
Novel "De opdracht" ("The Mission", 1995, Wessel te Gussinklo), chapter (2-) 18

Collection "Glimpsed"
Zywa Mar 27
He looks around, so

he isn't dangerous, he dares --


not do anything.
Novel "De opdracht" ("The Mission", 1995, Wessel te Gussinklo), chapter (3-) 24

Collection "Actively Passive"
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