Ossip Mandelstam: The tragic Life of an incredible Poet

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Some days ago, I went to the exhibition “Ossip Mandelstam – Wort und Schicksal (word and destiny)” in Heidelberg’s oldtown. The Jewish Russian poet and essayist was a student at Heidelberg University in 1909/10, and it was here that he started writing. His tragic life shows how much our lives are influenced by policy-makers and that beautiful art always finds a way to come to the surface.

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They say

I will be happy
If I do what they want

I should look pretty and young
Domesticate my tongue

I should smile
even if my heart breaks

I should be humble
Hide my inner earth quakes

I should have a great career
It doesn’t matter if I am sincere

I should have it all
But stay empty inside

I can achieve everything
After swallowing my pride

Wings

When birds get ready to fly to the Southern hemisphere
You stare at them and wish for soft white wings
You want to go away for a little while
To rest your head and breathe some sea salt
But you cannot hide somewhere
Or go into hibernation
So, you stay and you fight your battles
You speak your truth and do not allow anybody to tear you down
You bite your lips and blink with your eyes
You keep your smile
And then you start to learn, you learn to grow
You feel that everything is connected
You stop shivering
You are calm and in control
And you can feel your soft white wings
Because they have always been a part of you

My heart whispers your name

Let us create a blasting energy
Stronger than a hurricane
My protons want to dance with your electrons
Show me all unknown stars
I will name every flower after you

We climb all rocks
Hug every tree
Tell me your truth
I give your life a new meaning
We will float on the river of wisdom
Where all questions are answered

Real Love
So deep, you cannot breath
No words can define it
Our souls have never been strangers

Let me introduce you to: Kate Tempest

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One stormy evening I will never forget: Kate Tempest, my favourite contemporary poet, came to Heidelberg.  A young woman from South London with a touching voice and beautiful vision. Mixing Hip Hop with ancient literature. A fresh fountain full of rhyming words and wisdom.

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