Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Remake / Remodel: "What do animals dream?"

Een half jaar geleden maakte ik (een nogal experimenteel) filmpje op basis van het gedicht
'What do animals dream?" van Yahia Lababidi.
Een filmpje waarvan ik het werkproces meer naar waarde schat dan het eindresultaat...

Nu kreeg ik eerder deze week Yahia zijn laatste dichtbundel
"Fever Dreams" toegestuurd.
(Bestellen. Betalen. Beleven!)

Daarin staat ook 'What do animals dream' en prompt kreeg ik goesting om het gedicht opnieuw van klank en beeld te voorzien.
Anders deze keer.

Ik denk hierbij aan sp(r)ookachtige, warme beelden van bossen en takken...een meer zweverige track (fearless in reverse) en veel beestekes natuurlijk.


What do animals dream?

Do they dream of past lives and unlived dreams
unspeakably human or unimaginably bestial?

Do they struggle to catch in their slumber
what is too slippery for the fingers of day?

Are there subtle nocturnal intimations
to illuminate their undreaming hours?

Are they haunted by specters of regret
do they visit their dead in drowsy gratitude?

Or are they revisited by their crimes
transcribed in tantalizing hieroglyphs?

Do they retrace the outline of their wounds
or dream of transformation, instead?

Do they tug at obstinate knots
inassimilable longings and thwarted strivings?

Are there agitations, upheavals or mutinies
against their perceived selves or fate?

Are they free of strengths and weaknesses peculiar
to horse, deer, bird, goat, snake, lamb or lion?

Are they ever neither animal nor human
but creature and Being?

Do they have holy moments of understanding
deep in the seat of their entity?

Do they experience their existence more fully
relieved of the burden of wakefulness?

Do they suspect, with poets, that all we see or seem
is but a dream within a dream?

Or is it merely a small dying
a little taste of nothingness that gathers in their mouths?

Resultaten over enkele weken, dagen,...

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