Mourning in Autumn

Two years ago, I wrote a poem on a beautiful autumn day (see below, in Dutch). The poem still means a lot to me, it expresses so well my feelings of deep, deep longing, combined with the knowledge that all is fleeting, and my difficulty to cope with that. The poem describes the beautiful golden … Continue reading Mourning in Autumn

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Watching the night
Starry Night over the Rhone, by Van Gogh

I look Into the night. It seems to be at rest. This moment when the people sleep, So still. I feel The eerie light, It cools my fevered mind. The silence slowly teaches me: Be still. I see The quiet space. My soul that would not sleep, Now, watching in the night, receives Some peace.

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The face of anger

The following poem is a metaphor describing something I saw when I was looking into some depths of my inner self. I have always been afraid about some darkness I felt in myself, worried if perhaps something bad had happened that I had pushed away and forgotten. One day, I decided to pray about this, … Continue reading The face of anger

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Dear Mother Mary

Dear mother Mary, How could you assent, And give your heart To let it be rent? I look at your face, So peaceful above. You overcame fear, Because you had love. Your gentle reproof Alights on me: “Can you not trust, Let questions be?” I know I have failed, What can I say. “Lord, let … Continue reading Dear Mother Mary

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Herfst

De zon streelt de gouden bladeren //
De aarde houdt haar adem in //
De tijd van afscheid is gekomen //
Nu nog de verwondering.

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