Dolce far niente, William Henry Davies, Reinaldo Arenas

Dolce far niente


De Rustende Reiziger door Frans van Mieris I, rond 1655



What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.


William Henry Davies (3 juli 1871 in – 26 september 1940)
Newport (Wales), Westgate Square,met het Westgate Hotel en Stow Hill
William Henry Davies werd geboren in Newport


De Cubaanse dichter en schrijver Reinaldo Arenas werd geboren op 16 juli 1943 in Holguin. Zie ook alle tags voor Reinaldo Arenas op dit blog.

Uit: The Color of Summer (Vertaald door Andrew Hurley)

„Virgilio Piñera:
The dratted circumstance of water, water everywhere
exhorts you, dear friend, to flee, to fly—get out of here.
Oh, I wish that I could join you! But this double-crossing queer
(Miss Coco Salas) has been assigned to keep an eye on me, for fear
that I might try it.
So woe is me! I cannot fly! I cannot flee!
And to top it off, they say tonight
Fifo’s thugs are going to take my life.
The order’s out, the die is cast, the time is ripe.
And so—
spied upon, spat upon, and hooted,
malnourished, impoverished, barefooted,
watching you sail into the west
while I wait to greet my death,
I raise my glass in tribute to you—
We who are about to die salute you.
(Avellaneda looks back in concern, hesitates.)
No, Gertrudis, don’t look back. Forget I said that, dear—
Don’t let the dratted circumstance of water, water everywhere
get to you.
Be you, be free, be all that you can be—
Flee this horrid Island! Flee!—Godspeed!”

Reinaldo Arenas (16 juli 1943 – 7 december 1990)
Javier Bardem als Reinaldo Arenas en Olivier Martinez als
Lazaro Gomez Carilles in de film „Before Night Falls“ uit 2000


Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 16e juli ook mijn blog van 16 juli 2014 en ook mijn blog van 16 juli 2013 en ook mijn blog van 16 juli 2011 deel 2.