Motherland

(D-Day ~Normandy > each beach is a continuing testimony of our history…)

For each who talks,
for each who walks,
for each there is a beach,
for each to print a footstep here,
for each to shed a tear

For each and every one of us
for each a Womb to meet
for each and every one of us
in each our Hearts shall beat

Wherever you may be
Just offer Me belief
Then put your trust in Me
I’ll offer you relief

For each who fights,
for each who writes,
for each there is a hand,
for each who weeps,
for each who sleeps,
for each there is a land

For each and every one of us
for each here shed a tear
for each and every one of us
for each this Sea shall hear

Wherever you may be
Just offer Me belief
Then put your trust in Me
I’ll offer you relief

For each who falls,
for each who calls,
for each there is a Tomb,
for each who strays,
for each who prays,
for each there is a Womb

For each and every one of us
for each our sins we’ll give
for each and every one of us
for each She shall forgive

Wherever you may be
Just offer Me belief
And put your trust in Me
I’ll offer you relief

For each who grieves,
for each who leaves,
for each there is a Home,
for each who craves,
for each the waves
shall offer silent praise

For each and every one of us
for each and every Love
for each and every one of us
for each She”l send Her Dove

Wherever you may be
Just offer Me belief
Then put your trust in Me
I’ll offer you relief

For each who bled,
the waves turned red,
they colored their embrace,
their lips became
a silent blame
for each and every face

For each and every one of them,
for each we shall remain
for each and every one of them
Love’s witness of their pain

Wherever you may be
Just offer Me belief
And put your trust in Me
I’ll offer you relief

For each who cries,
for each who dies,
for each there is a wave,
for each who breathes
and suffocates
the Motherland awaits

For each and every one of us,
for each beginnings near,
for each and every one of us
for each then be them dear

Wherever you may be
Just offer Me belief
And put your trust in Me
I’ll offer you relief

And gently then,
and gently then,
as Heart’s beat fades away,
for each who sings,
for each Sea brings
the wave to Soul’s D-day

For each and every one of us
for each here we shall pray
for each and every one of us
for each this Sea shall stay

Wherever you may be
Just offer Me belief
And put your trust in Me
I’ll offer you relief

From each who falls,
from each who calls,
from each She asks belief,
for each who strays,
for each who prays,
for each shall be relief

For each and every one of us
this Motherland shall be
for each and every one of us
Her Womb Eternity

Wherever you may be
Just offer Me belief
And put your trust in Me
I’ll offer you relief

(+ All War Beaches +)

(animation via http://www.pimpmyspace.org/ )

Home

This house will always welcome
those who parted and as today
the moon is  out, faithful, like
a candle waiting to be  lit,
it is longing for familiar voices:
so when I go to sleep I trust
my soul to the enlightening
comfort of Your embrace, O,
then I know this is the Home
that I was called to  and I shine

Bridal Night ~ Bruidsnacht

This is a beautiful ballad, performed live in 2014 by the famous Flemish folk group Laïs. They sing in Dutch and composed the song using a poem by my father Ferdinand Vercnocke (1906-1989), painter and poet of the sea. With Dutch lyrics and English subtitles included! I translated the Dutch lyrics in a way they fit to the music, so you can sing along if you like.  It’s not so easy to make a translation that both matches the original lyrics & music, but I tried. Enjoy!

Bruidsnacht                                             Bridal Night

Zij is naar ’t duin gegaan                  And to the dune she’s gone
Haar bruidskleed had zij aan          Her bridal dress put on
Baren gaan heen en weer               Waves they go to and fro
Sterren staan klaar                             Stars ready glow

Eenzaam in doods gebied               Lonesome in deaden deep
Ontwaakt hij en hoort haar lied    Her tune wakes him from sleep
Baren gaan heen en weer               Waves they go to and fro
Donker is ’t tij                                         Darken the tide

Hij kwam uit zee naar ’t strand      From sea he came to land
Hij nam haar bij de hand                   He took her by the hand
Baren gaan heen en weer               Waves they go to and fro
Sterren staan klaar                             Stars ready glow

Donker duin                                            Darken dune
Donker duin                                            Darken dune
Sterren staan helder klaar              Bright stars all ready glow
Zij rusten eeuwig                                 They rest eternally
Bij elkaar                                                  Bound they flow

Toen in dat geurend kruid               And there in fragrant green
Werd zijn gekroonde bruid             Became  his Bridal Queen
Baren gaan heen en weer               Waves they go to and fro
Donker is ’t tij                                         Darken the tide

Hij nam haar met zich mee             He made her company
Terug naar de brandende zee       Back to the flaming sea
Baren gaan heen en weer               Waves they go to and fro
Sterren staan klaar                             Stars ready glow

Donker duin                                            Darken dune
Donker duin                                            Darken dune
Sterren staan helder klaar              Bright stars all ready glow
Zij rusten eeuwig                                 They rest eternally
Mm mm… Bij elkaar                            Mm mm.. bound they flow

Donker duin                                            Darken dune
Donker duin                                            Darken dune
Sterren staan helder klaar              Bright stars all ready glow
Zij rusten eeuwig                                 They rest eternally
Mm mm… Bij elkaar                            Mm mm.. bound they flow

Compostion: Laïs
Dutch lyrics: by my father Ferdinand Vercnocke (1906-1989) 

Original poem (drawings by my father):

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picture below: my Father in his “sanctuary” 😉

Ferdinand

Heart

The heart beats softly when it asks
for pleasure and wild when love
is given in return, like as a storm
falls suddenly asleep when sun is
there to meet. When clouds are
passing by, then wind will come
to blow all sorrows in oblivion.
So when you ask for pleasure
don’t forget, your heart will still
remember, comes rain or wind,
comes sleep.