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I'm sad. I have laid too many loved ones to rest already, I know what grief is!
Why not take a moment, silence, and think of what you are actually doing? Are you as kind as you could be?
A Belgian poet, Alice Nahon (Antwerp, 16-08-1896 – Antwerp, 21-05-1933), wrote many beautiful, sensitive poems, but she’s probably best remembered for this one. Well, I never forgot it…


't Is goed in 't eigen hert te kijken
Nog even vóór het slapen gaan,
Of ik van dageraad tot avond
Geen enkel hert heb zeer gedaan
Of ik geen ogen heb doen schreien,
Geen weemoed op een wezen lei.
Of ik aan liefdeloze mensen
Een woordeke van liefde zei.
En vind ik in het huis mijns herten,
Dat ik één droefenis genas,
Dat ik mijn armen heb gewonden
Rondom één hoofd, dat eenzaam was...;
Dan voel ik op mijn jonge lippen,
Die goedheid lijk een avondzoen...
't Is goed in 't eigen hert te kijken
En zó z'n ogen toe te doen.

I’ll try and translate it:

Eveningsong IIII

t's good to look into your heart,
Just before closing your eyes,
If I, from dusk to dawn,
Did not bring pain to anybody's heart.
If I did not make anybody cry,
Nor bring sadness on any soul,
If I spoke a word of solace
To a loveless being.
And if, in my home of heart,
Find I healed one wound,
That I find I wrapped my arms
Around ONE head, that was lonely...;
Then I feel, upon my young lips,
That goodness like an evening kissI
t's GOOD to look into your heart,
And close your eyes this way...Not a bad way to go to sleep.

I wish you a day filled with peace in your heart! Thanx, M, (*_*)

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