Showing posts from July, 2014

Cordoba to Kurdistan

Daniel in the Lions' Den marble parapet slab from Thasos, 6th cent.  Inv. 2157 T, Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul

Cizre Ulu Cami Kapisi
The Door at Great Mosque in Cizre, Istanbul


Triptolemos' travels


five folk pieces / häxhov * zog nit keyn mol * allt under himlens fäste

Walter Benjamin: Franz Kafka's Left Ear



illustrations byEinar Norelius(1900-1985) andGustaf Tenggren(1896-1970)


Zog nit keyn mol

Never say this is the final road for you,
Though leaden skies may cover over days of blue.
As the hour that we longed for is so near,
Our step beats out the message: we are here!

From lands so green with palms to lands all white with snow.
We shall be coming with our anguish and our woe,
And where a spurt of our blood fell on the earth,
There our courage and our spirit have rebirth!

The early morning sun will brighten our day,
And yesterday with our foe will fade away,
But if the sun delays and in the east remains --
This song as password generations must remain.

This song was written with our blood and not with lead,
It's not a little tune that birds sing overhead,
This song a people sang amid collapsing walls,
With pistols in hand they heeded to the call.

Therefore never say the road now ends for you,
Though leaden skies may cover over days of blue.
As the…