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De Waal Venter

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Relating to Escher and Tranströmer

Reading the paper while waiting

Escher has drawn

flying eagles into my mind,

black eagles sweeping low

in the crumbling blue sky

of my uppermost thoughts –

their wings touch,

they become pianos

arranged in rhythmic rows,

Mozart is playing

tunes into my mind

that emerge from each other,

slipping under, folding over each other.

Tomas Tranströmer

is writing words into my mind,

that glide through the unseen night,

being there and also elsewhere.

I don’t know whether that train of thought

has stopped,

somewhere in the cold veld,

far from anything and anyone,

but I know it will bring me something

when it arrives.

I’m sitting here at the station


reading tomorrow’s newspaper

with mixed feelings.

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