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Posts in Category: What has been left

An empty storage rack but stars and dreams on the wall

"O stars and dreams and Gentle Night
O Night and stars return!
And hide me from the hostile light
That does not warm, but burn"

(E. Brontë in Stars)
Aachen (D)

Hopeless sadness in a green oasis


“Traurigkeit erfüllte sein Herz. Eine milde Traurigkeit, die ein ergebenes Lächeln erhellt,
wenn wir auf eine Hoffnung verzichten, an die wir in Wirklichkeit nie geglaubt haben.”

(M.Bánffy in In Stücke gerissen)
Montigny-le-Tilleul (B)

A broken tower tells pieces mining history

"All things uncomely and broken, all things worn out and old,
The cry of a child by the roadway, the creak of a lumbering cart,
The heavy steps of the ploughman, splashing the wintry mould,
Are wronging your image that blossoms a rose in the deeps of my heart."

(W.B. Yeats in The rose in my heart)
Liège (B)

A supple dance of a dancer torn into pieces

"The girl goes dancing there
On the leaf-sown, new-mown, smooth
Grass plot of the garden;
Escaped from bitter youth,
Escaped out of her crowd,
Or out of her black cloud.
Ah, dancer, ah, sweet dancer!

If strange men come from the house
To lead her away, do not say
That she is happy being crazy;
Lead them gently astray;
Let her finish her dance,
Let her finish her dance.
Ah, dancer, ah, sweet dancer!"

(W.B. Yeats in Sweet dancer)
Liège (B)

After the toast to the new year

"Zwei Flaschen stehn auf einer Bank,
die eine dick, die andre schlank.
Sie möchten gerne heiraten.
Doch wer soll ihnen beiraten?

Mit ihrem Doppel-Auge leiden
sie auf zum blauen Firmament . . .
Doch niemand kommt herabgerennt
und kopuliert die beiden."

(Chr. Morgenstern in Die beiden Flaschen)
Fleron (B)