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Veratrum nigrum

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Veratrum nigrum (Black false Hellebore)

This remarkable and slightly mysterious hardy perennial grows throughout Europe and Asia, even high up in the Alps and other mountainous regions. Its medicinal use varies from ‘useful to fight high blood pressure’ to ‘helpful when ‘mental focus is lacking’. Anyway, beware, because the plant is extremely poisonous, causing cardiac arrhythmia. Deadly dosage can be as low as 0.6grams! So, please do not consume roots, foliage, flowers or seeds out of the box. It might kill you before you even can tell the doctor what you just did. Price tag is there because I run a perennial plants nursery.

Photo: foliage 2019, on our patio.

Godenkind 24-05-2019

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Landscapes
Landscapes have a footprint that is unmistakably manmade: cities, highways, wood clearings, artificial ponds, meadows, ploughed fields. Fertile lands almost invariably turn into dense dark forests if humans do not interfere for, say, 50 years. In the course of the 20th century, the balance was disturbed, human footprint might have become too large. Or so it seems.
Photo: in the heart of Belgium, a few days ago.

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the abandonded soviet bunkers close to Debrecen Airport

het duurt maar even in een vliegtuig dat hoogte wint

je zag de alpen in zonlicht uit de prehistorie

sovjet bunkers bergen toekomst op in gras of bloemen

trams rijden in jouw dagen die door mij worden geteld

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the abandonded soviet bunkers close to Debrecen Airport

it only takes a while in an airplane that gains height

you saw the alps in prehistoric sunlight

Soviet bunkers store the future in grass or flowers

trams drive by in your days counted by me

I wrote this short poem about Debrecen Airport shortly after arriving back home in Belgium. I wrote it in Dutch first and added an English translation.

Godenkind 24-04-2019

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Urn

I was wondering if it is actually a good idea to place the urn containing the ashes of a deceased family member on a window sill in the house, like we did only recently. Yes, it is more ‘intimate’ than an ashes meadow or six feet under. What will your children do with it  when YOU passed away? Will there be 10 or 20 or even more urns on the window sill after many many years in the distant future of your offspring?

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One sunny day

 

sainte-marie-geest

on one sunny day I walked through the streets of sainte-marie-geest.

the church was kind of invisible at that time. (not built yet)

people talked french, dutch, that was such an easy thing to do.

graveyards looked empty, I could trace some of these.

actually, people had not died on their own burial day.

life went on. it  just came to my mind, like an old time religion.

godenkind 09-04-2019

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Dark and ominous

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I added this lugubrious Nepenthes cultivar to our otherwise lively colored livingroom. The plant’s natural habitat is murky, boggy, acid pools and walls in the tropics, so it won’t survive tap water or low temperatures.

You’re not supposed to feed the plant, because, in the ‘chalices’, it will catch flies and other insects to live a comfortable life.

Now I wonder if it will catch moderate climate European insects too, and should I worry about…ethics?

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