I'd like no one to entice me
Not even you
Cut from its kind
I shall still strike and march forth
'Til the pain and pang should dissapear
wil ik van niemand rouw
Ook niet van jou
Uitgestoten uit de horde
Ik blijf tekeergaan en schoppen
Tot de schrijnende pijn zal verdwijnen
No, woman! What lives in me
still easily evades your fevered and dark embrace,
intent on finding the greenness of another sea,
to be again on the ship where we first met,
surrendering the rudder to the wind,
our eyes fixed on waiting stars.
Something flapping its wings, again conveys
Tai Po and the secret of the Ambonese Sea.
Such is woman! A single vague line
is all I can write
in my flight towards her enigmatic smile.
To dictate is not my intent,
Fate is separate loneliness-es.
I choose you from among the rest, but
in a moment we are snared by loneliness once more.
There was a time I truly wanted you,
to be as children in crowning darkness,
and we kissed and fondled, not tiring.
I did not want to ever let you go.
Do not unite your life with mine,
for I cannot be with anyone for very long
I write now on a ship, in some nameless sea.
Pines in the Distance
Pines scatter in the distance,
as day becomes night,
branches slap weakly at the window,
pushed by a sultry wind.
I’m now a person who can survive,
so long ago I left childhood behind,
though once there was something,
that now counts for nothing at all.
Life is but postponement of defeat,
a growing estrangement from youth’s unfettered love
a knowing there’s always something left unsaid,
before we finally acquiesce.
In this time of building
you live again
And the embers of admiration are kindling
Far in front you wait
earless. The enemy are a hundredfold.
A sword in your right hand) a dagger in your
Girt with a spirit that cannot die.
This column has neither drums nor clubs
Faith is the signal for attack.
To him meaningful once
And then die.
For you the Country
Prepares a fire.
Rather destruction than slavery
Rather annihilation than oppression
Although (it is) achieved only in death
In life (one) must experience (it).