Johannes Vermeer 'Het meisje met de parel' / 'The girl with the pearl earring'

my girl with the pearl


Chris den Engelsman

(while reading this poem you can listen to Brain Wilsons 'God only knows')

I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I'll make you so sure about it

Brain Wilson

tell me sweet muse about
my girl with the pearl earring:

at three thousand feet there

exists merely love at first sight

 

her moonlit eyes made me dream

and only think long afterwards

 

a coat with all the colours of the rainbow

covers her porcelain white curves

 

caressing her carefully is so

much more than just scanning

 

the beautiful skin-deep lace lines of

her belly           please wrap her cautiously

 

in the warmest and softest of merino wool
and ask Hermes himself to deliver her

 

tell me one more thing sweet muse:

 

shall we stay who we already are           or

can we become the ones we dream?

Johannes Vermeer Muze (detail of the painting called pictorial art)
Johannes Vermeer ' Muse' (detail of the painting called 'pictorial art')

Nederlandse bewerking - zeker geen vertaling - van dit gedicht: Dutch editing - certainly no translation - of this poem:

mijn meisje met de parel

Chris den Engelsman

(while reading this poem you can listen to Brain Wilsons 'God only knows')

I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I'll make you so sure about it

Brain Wilson

vertel mij muze over
de dame van mijn dromen:

op drie duizend voet is er slechts
liefde op het eerste gezicht

maanverlichte ogen doen me dromen
het denken komt slechts lang daarna

een jas met alle regenboog kleuren

bedekt haar porselein witte welvingen

haar aandachtig te strelen is zo
veel meer dan alleen het scannen

van de mooie huid-diepe filigraan lijnen van
haar buik                      wikkel haar behoedzaam

in de warmste en zachtste merino wol
en vraag Hermes zelf haar te bezorgen

vertel me nog één ding lieve muze:

blijven we wie we al waren         of
word we degene die we dromen?

Johannes Vermeer Girl with the pearl earring detail
Johannes Vermeer 'The girl with the pearl earring' detail

my girl with the pearl after Vermeer
my girl with the pearl after Vermeer

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