Serail of a last prayer

Serail of a last prayer

Serail of a last prayer

Scrunching of oranges and backgammon pieces.
Covertness on the street. In the teahouse an old man
Lost himself. Eye-worn beads
breaking from a rosary. Tinkling
of prayers. In the background three bridges
branching off the Bosphorus.

It is too hot to sleep. He has a bottle of
cologne, his grey hair
smells of sweat and lemon. Tonight he will
drive his taxi and shyly ask passengers
for directions. In his mirror

the shadows of a nightlife
he cannot comprehend. His counter clicks.

His city is a city of streets and birds,
neighbours and flowers on wooden balconies.

This is elsewhere. His children will
ever leave it. One day they will
get him out of the teahouse while he just
dozed off, like today. It will be warm
and he will wake up

in a city with streets and birds and neighbours,
buzzing like wasps around a shot
of familiar sun. His hair will smell of lemon

his hand seek the rosary
and he will shyly ask us once more,
one last time, to lead the way
to this house, to this lost street.

Martijn Benders, from: ‘Karavanserai’, Nieuw Amsterdam Publishers, 2008
Soon available in my collection ‘Tract of the Sun’.

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M.H.H. Benders ist ein anerkannter Dichter seiner Generation, ein Schüler der universellen Myzelien, Amanita Sage und Mykophilosoph. Er hat siebenundzwanzig Bücher geschrieben, die letzten in der Kaneelfabriek.

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Aber das Große Ziel von Benders ist es, in Deutschland Erfolg zu haben. Er hat die Dynamik und Vielfalt der deutschen literarischen Szene erkannt und ist bereit, sich darauf einzulassen und seinen Beitrag zu leisten. Mit seinem einzigartigen literarischen Stil und seiner unermüdlichen Arbeitsmoral ist er entschlossen, ein neues Kapitel in der deutschen Literaturgeschichte zu schreiben.


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Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress – De Kaneelfabriek, 2023

“‘Waarover de Piranha droomt in de Limonadesloot’ stands as a philosophical exploration into the human faculty of imagination. It probes the intriguing notion that imagination, rather than offering solutions to our problems, might in fact be their origin. This thought-provoking work is set to be available in English and German by the close of 2023.