Joris Iven

ALONG THE OLD CANALS

 

 

I too have walked through these streets, in the tracks of people

who have gone before me and who I have never seen, or who I

have indeed seen and have stored in my memory but who I

have never known. In these streets I have walked along the old

canals. The Rozenhoedkaai, the Dijver. On this very spot I have

strolled hand in hand with an Irish girl who I have not ever

seen again. Here I have walked with my children and with

their mother who I have abandoned. I have come to this spot

with an old girlfriend who had never been here before.

The Potterierei, the Coupure. In these streets I have walked hand

in hand with history and I have let go of her and I have

sought her once more. I too on this spot have walked through

streets and I have not stayed here. I have not stayed anywhere.

 

 

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