Friday, December 31, 2010


The Darkling Thrush
I leant upon a coppice gate 
    When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter's dregs made desolate
    The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
    Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
    Had sought their household fires. 

The land's sharp features seemed to be
    The Century's corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
    The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
    Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
    Seemed fervourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
    The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
    Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
    In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
    Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for carolings
    Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
    Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
    His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
    And I was unaware.

-Thomas Hardy, 31 December, 1900-
Oorspronkelijke titel: By the Century's Deathbed
(een darkling thrush is een nachtelijke lijster)


eerste kerstdag, egmond aan zee

Thursday, December 30, 2010


tweede kerstdag, bergen aan zee


eerste kerstdag, strand bij bergen aan zee

Saturday, December 25, 2010

stopping by woods on a snowy evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

-Robert Frost, 1923-

Friday, December 24, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

on happiness (8)

Happiness is a by-product. It is not a primary product of life. It is a thing which you suddenly realize you have because you're so delighted to be doing something which perhaps has nothing whatever to do with happiness.

-Robert Davies, 1989-

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.

-also Robert Davies?-

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


een beetje dit een beetje dat
en je hebt het zomaar weer gehad
een beetje hier een beetje daar
dan ben je toch ineens weer klaar
een beetje zus een beetje zo
het lijkt zowaar wel van niveau

dat noemen ze de franse slag
best knap wat die zoal vermag

wie gaat daar niet voor overstag?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

dawn dreams

Dreams draw near at dawn and then recede
even if you beckon them.
They loom like demons
you tug by the tail to examine from up close
and then let fly away.
Their colors at once brighter and less bright
than you remembered, they
hover and insinuate all day
at the corner of your eye.

-Rachel Hadas, 2010-