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Rodaan Al Galidi

Meetings

Where is the Dutchman going?
To a meeting.
Where is he coming from?
From a meeting.

The Dutchman’s house
is his meeting
with his dog.

The Dutchman’s shower
is his meeting
with hot water.

Sleep
is the Dutchman’s meeting
with his bed.

Waking
is the Dutchman’s meeting
with haste.

Meetings
are the Dutchman’s meetings
with meeting.

Vergadering

Vergadering

Waarheen gaat de Nederlander?
Naar een vergadering.
Waar komt hij vandaan?
Van een vergadering.

Het huis
is de vergadering van de Nederlander
met zijn hond.

De douche
is de vergadering van de Nederlander
met het warme water.

De slaap
is de vergadering van de Nederlander
met zijn bed.

Wakker worden
is de vergadering van de Nederlander
met de haast.

De vergadering
is de vergadering van de Nederlander
met de vergadering.
Rodaan Al Galidi

Rodaan Al Galidi

(Iraq, 1971)

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Meetings

Where is the Dutchman going?
To a meeting.
Where is he coming from?
From a meeting.

The Dutchman’s house
is his meeting
with his dog.

The Dutchman’s shower
is his meeting
with hot water.

Sleep
is the Dutchman’s meeting
with his bed.

Waking
is the Dutchman’s meeting
with haste.

Meetings
are the Dutchman’s meetings
with meeting.

Meetings

Where is the Dutchman going?
To a meeting.
Where is he coming from?
From a meeting.

The Dutchman’s house
is his meeting
with his dog.

The Dutchman’s shower
is his meeting
with hot water.

Sleep
is the Dutchman’s meeting
with his bed.

Waking
is the Dutchman’s meeting
with haste.

Meetings
are the Dutchman’s meetings
with meeting.
Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
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