On Yeats’ Footstool

The Poet Karel van de Woestijne In 2000 the Flemings were polled to discover which poem, out of a list of a hundred, they rated the best. Among those hundred poems there was just one by Karel van de Woestijne, one of the three poets of real stature that were born in Flanders in the…

Beside the River

Happy the man whose childhood years are passed among the green lands bordering on a river: in that time when life’s dreams come thick and fast not one will fail to set his heart a-quiver. The mirrored image of wind-shaken trees, a dark ship gliding tranquilly along, the wide skies and the salt tang on…

Notice to Travellers

Never get on the train without dreams in your luggage, then you’ll find decent lodging in any town or village. Calmly and patiently sit by the open window; you are a traveller and safely incognito. Dredge from your past the fresh eyes of a child, both cool and keen, excited and beguiled. All you see…