Arthur’s koude / Arthur’s coldness

Much of Arthur Schopenhauer's writing is focus...
Much of Arthur Schopenhauer’s writing is focused on the notion of will and its relation to freedom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arthur had beslist gelijk.
Teveel denken is niet goed.
Integendeel. Het barse ritme
Van de invallende gedachten
Snijdt als een reeks onbreekbare ijspegels
Door mijn broze ziel.

Een teergevoelig mens,
zoals ik dat ben,
Arme ik.

Met Arthur’s boek op zak klim ik,
Zoals de leeuwerik,
Hoger en hoger.

Totdat ik bijna bevries
En er zowat dood bij neerval.

Nee … dat wordt niks.

(English)

Arthur was right.
Too much thinking isn’t good.
On the contrary. The harsh rhythm
Of incoming thoughts
Cuts through my fragile soul
Like a sequence of unbreakable icicles.

A delicate person,
Like myself,
Poor me.

With Arthur’s book in my back-pocket I ascend,
Like the lark,
higher and higher.

Until I nearly freeze,
And almost drop dead.

No … that’s not gonna work.

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