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Torture of art


“The heart asks pleasure – first,

And then excuse from pain.
And then those little anodynes
That deaden suffering.

And then, to go to sleep;
And then, if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor,
The liberty to die.”

(E. Dickinson no title from Poems from Emily Dickinson)
Antwerpen (B)

The bodhisattva doesn’t see the dragon


“Yes, if you can make the dragons laugh
If you can make the dragons,
that guard the treasures, laugh
You’ll get the treasure!
Yes, you’ll get it!”

(D. Manneke in Een draak van een canon; translation T. Wittermans in A dragon of a canon)
Brussel (B)

In all innocence


“Little Lamb,
Here I am;
Come and lick
My white neck;
Let me pull
Your soft Wool;
Let me kiss
Your soft face;
Merrily, Merrily,
We welcome in the Year.”

(W. Blake in Spring)
Liège (B)

Don’t fly away from me!

"Often in the white clouds that appear on the horizon 
It seems that as an angel you fly towards me, 
And hold out your arms never to leave me again.
Ah, tell me, ah, say if there is anything 
that conjures up an image of me for you!"

(Unidentified author in All'amante lontano, transl. by L. Claycomb)
Amsterdam (NL)

When the fierce cold comes, there is the heater

"Grimmige Kälte Sauset hernieder,
Womit nur deck ich
Des Kindleins Glieder!
O all ihr Engel,
Die ihr geflügelt Wandelt im Wind,
Stillet die Wipfel!
Es schlummert mein kind."

(E. von Geibel, no title in Spanisches Liederbuch)
Leuven (B)

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