ICY UNIVERSE

 

after days and days and days
of misty February dusk
overnight an immense sun
ripping the skies wide open
bebop grass and silken moss
Newton’s red emerald
their jazzy song of light

overnight
from slithering sludge to
hard core walking solid paths
the cadence of feet almost military
yet roving English serpentines
of a Dutch Romantic park
certainly minding Goethe’s dictum:
der Takt des Schrittes
a Gentle Man’s pace, that is

small whitish roofs of frigid water
slivers ice that hover over empty underground
earth’s pale death mask
leafless beeches play for sentry

Sierksma Elswout 16.2.16

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Author: rjsiersk

contact: rjsiersk@xs4all.nl Sierksma was born in Friesland, a 'county' in the northern part of the Netherlands with its own language which he does not speak and with an obstinate population to which he both belongs and does not belong. A retired Professor of Social Philosophy and Aesthetics, as a Harkness fellow he taught at Rutgers and Berkeley Universities in the USA, and at GUAmsterdam and TUDelft in the Netherlands. In 1991 he was awarded his PhD from Leiden University on the subject of 'Surveillance and Task: Labour Discipline between Utilitarianism and Pragmatism'. His books include Minima Memoria (1993), Lost View (2002 with Jan van Geest), and Litter Scent (2013). He has published poems and articles in Te Elfder Ure, Nynade, Oasis and the Architectural Annual. Half the year he lives in Haarlem, the other half he spends in la France Profonde, living ‘in his own words’ as the house out there was bought with the winnings from his essay Eternal Sin, written for the ECI Essay Prize (1993). In this blog, Sierksma's Sequences, written in English, he is peeping round his own and other people’s perspectives. Not easily satisfied with answers nor with questions, he turns his wry wit to a number of philosophical and historical issues. His aim in writing: to make parts of the world light up in his perspective - not my will, thine! Not being a thief, he has no cook, one wife, some children, one lover and three cats. He would not ind being a cat.

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