Archive for the ‘AUGUST 2017’ Category

MONTJUIC, BARCELONA

八月 18, 2017

MONTJUIC, BARCELONA

Montjuic means
mountain of the Jewish cemetery.
In the 1380s
the Jews were driven
out of the city,
gravestones were used
for castle walls.
1000 years ago
there was a light house.
Later the castles built on the top
were often used to shoot on the city.
There’s ample reason,
there are ample historical reasons
for independence.
Catalan language
is everywhere,
Catalan first, Spanish second.
The castle gives you
a history lesson
beginning in Hebrew
and a poem in Catalan.
Much of the city
was built from quarries
here on the mountain.
Today there is peace,
peace enough for reflection.
How much do you need,
how much cooperation,
how much solidarity,
how much economics,
how much is public transport…
What can you see
from the top of the mountain?

MW July 2017

SAGRADA FAMILIA, BARCELONA

八月 18, 2017

SAGRADA FAMILIA

there is hope.
we are still building.

if we may,
we may take centuries
of common era
of common errors.

concrete is clumsy,
all our efforts.
it’ll take time.

MW July 2017

DE PARIS A VIENNE – VON PARIS NACH WIEN

八月 17, 2017

DE PARIS A VIENNE – VON PARIS NACH WIEN

donnerstag in der früh.
mistkübler unten vorm haus.
hier on a eu à paris.
bienen im dachgarten, und kleine erdbeeren.
hier on a eu à paris.
la villette, rue de flandre.
ou rue des flandres, des avec un s?
je suis pas sure.
beaucoup de chinois dans le quartier, beaucoup d’africains.
il est pas mal au bord du canal.
c’était très bon de se promener.
es wird ein heißer tag.
wien ist sehr still im vergleich.
viel zu klein, immer noch. österreich.
obwohl. wald und wein.
bordeaux. la gironde. les petits villages.
très, très bon.
beaucoup de gens dorment dans la rue à paris.
l’autriche est très petite.
dans les têtes des gens.
mais il y a beaucoup d’autrichiens sans chiens
ou avec chiens qui ne sont pas des chiens.
les autrichiens.
welcome home, je me dis.

MW August 2017

POSTCARD FROM BAKIO

八月 16, 2017

POSTCARD

We are in Bakio.
Life is perfect.
Life is precarious, as everywhere.
Life is perfect.
Waves.
Special climate.
Not too hot.
We came to Bilbao
from Barcelona.
In this region, too
history means
resistance and independence.
Bakio has a new leftist mayor.
Bakio is a mid-sized town.
Summer houses.
Summer apartments.
Some things all year.
Bigger waves in winter.
The sea claims back
the old beachline.
Life is perfect.
The church of San Juan
up on that rock not very far
two hours on foot
less if you hurry
is in Game of Thrones.
Only there it’s a palace.
See you soon!

MW August 2017

EIFFEL TOWER

八月 15, 2017

EIFFEL TOWER

Going up the Eiffel tower
means walking up all the way
to the second platform
if you don’t have a ticket beforehand
and want to wait in the shortest line
at the south tier, which still takes an hour.
That is after you stood in line
and went through security
to get onto the square under the tower.
So the line takes an hour at least.
Then it costs 7 Euro per adult, 5 if you’re under 19,
3 under 10. That’s for walking up.
And we had walked all the way from the Louvre.
Through the Tuileries, took a left at the Obelisk
to get over the Seine. The Orangerie museum
looks interesting. We had already seen sculptures
by Germaine Richier and others in the Tuileries park.
I remember a sculpture by her in Bilbao at the art museum.
Would have loved to get a closer look in the Tuileries,
but they don’t let you walk on the grass. Weird sculptures,
not at all like the one in Bilbao. We had of course seen the Venus of Milo
and the winged Nike of Samothrake. No, those aren’t cereals.
And a hermaphrodite, son of Hermes and Aphrodite,
merged with a Nymph by Zeus at her urgent request.
Yes, male and female organs. Many, many Aphrodites,
many clothed, actually. Artemis, Pallas,
and all the men. Marsyas, soon to be flayed.
Not to speak of the paintings. Or the old Egypt stuff,
very well organized, shows daily life, work
and many, many details
from 4000 years ago and so on. Better than in Vienna.
Lots of busts and other stuff from Palmyra,
many other places in Syria. Yemen, too.
A whole room from Palmyra.
Anyway, up on the Eiffel tower.
Thousands of people up there at night.
Very special feeling. We had lunched in the park,
there is a place with benches on a little hill
very close to the tower. Yuhuan started sketching,
Including the lamppost in front of us. Everyone else flew
paper planes and ate and drank what was there
from the small supermarket
around the corner. Lunch at seven thirty or eight.
We came home to the hotel at two o’clock in the morning.
Subway at Bir Hakeim, not very close.
But interesting and working late. Some people get in free.
We are content with smuggling in a small child every time.
People ask for centimes when they’re asking for money.
Very polite, actually. Centimes, from the old currency.
Probably means fifty Euro cents now. I think one was asking for less
when I had my hands full this morning with groceries from the bakery
after getting up before noon. No, you don’t really notice
the permanent state of emergency
more than the propaganda for 2024,
for the Olympics. They made a deal with Los Angeles, right?
One comes first, one four years later.
Whatever. Should really eat something now.

MW August 2017



MONA LISA

八月 15, 2017

MONA LISA

the smiling one
is well protected
she hangs forever
in a brand-new prison
supported by Nippon Television
visited daily
by millions of people
all of them mortal
no-one cares if they smile
except some of them
for a very short while

MW August 2017

MARRIAGE POEM FOR ANNE-LAURE & NOEL

八月 13, 2017

FOR ANNE-LAURE AND NOEL

People are roses, people are leaves.
Marriage is
planting a flower,
tilling a field,
repairing a tractor.
Or using another one.
Experience helps,
although you always hope
it works the first time.
People are flowers, people are stars.
Marriage is
falling
back on each other,
each other’ s friends and family.
Anne-Laure and Noel,
we wish you the moon
and the sun forever
as beautiful as they are here.
We love you. Take care!

MW August 2017

TEACHER – 沈浩波 Shen Haobo

八月 12, 2017


Shen Haobo
TEACHER

People often tell me
I look just like him
When I open my mouth,
my tone and my mien make me even more similar.
He was a teacher at my university,
but I was not in his class.
If I had been his student,
would I be his perfect spitting image?
But how could I think
I could be like him?
He used his own life
to teach me
a moral lesson.
If he had not used his own life
for this lesson,
no-one would have believed him.

July 2017
Translated by MW, August 2017

老师 | 沈浩波

经常听人说
我和他长得像
一听我开口说话
口气和神态就更像了
他是我母校的老师
但我没当过他的学生
如果我当过他的学生
会不会和他更像?
但我怎么配
和他更像呢?
他用生命
给我上了一堂
道德课
这种课
不用命来上
就不会有人信

POMMES D’AMOUR

八月 10, 2017

《大红苹果唐》

也许这是
法国的心脏
每星期二在 Porcheres
要不叫别的名字
波尔多地区
自由市场和晚餐
教堂旁边的广场
和整个村庄中心
每周二车要停外面
走进去见朋友
和朋友的朋友
和他们亲戚
有人唱法语老哥
小女生自由跳舞
停车的小路叫 Victor Hugo
广场叫 Aristide Briand
(阿里斯蒂德·白里安)
最典型的小镇
跟奥地利比起来
法国还相当健康
右派威胁没那么大
虽然听说
以前周二晚上也经常打架
大红苹果糖
叫爱情苹果
像最大的糖葫芦
这样的镇办自由市场
就算欧洲文化的心脏

2017/8


%d 博主赞过: