I am an ocean of waiting

by M. Vasalis

I withdraw and wait.
This is the time that won’t go amiss:
Every minute turns itself into future.
I am an ocean of waiting,
enveloped in a water film by the instant.
Drawing ebb of the mind,
Which pulls the minutes and,
deep in its darkness, prepares the high tide.

There is no time. Or is there nothing but time?

[Translated from Dutch by Juliana Brina]

Original version in Dutch:

by M. Vasalis

vasalisIk trek mij terug en wacht.
Dit is de tijd die niet verloren gaat:
Iedere minuut zet zich in toekomst om.
Ik ben een oceaan van wachten,
waterdun omhult door ‘t ogenblik.
Zuigend eb van het gemoed,
Dat de minuten trekt en dat de vloed
Diep in zijn duisternis bereidt.

Er is geen tijd. Of is er niets dan tijd?

Source: Vergezichten en gezichten (van Oorschot, 1954)

Emil Nolde. 'Green Sea'.
Emil Nolde. ‘Green Sea’.


2 thoughts on “I am an ocean of waiting

    1. Thank you, Paula! ❤ I remember reading Baricco because of you (in the good old days of Skoob, I guess), and I loved it, too! I should read more books by him… 🙂


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