Long Distance Thoughts

Long distance thoughts
go far and travel
by the speed of
their longing for the one
they lovingly hold
crossing many miles,
crossing an ocean
in less than the blink of an eye

Long distance feelings
go even further
for they travel
by the speed of love
and then make
any distance short
As short as the distance
from heartbeat to heartbeat


With You

And when you go out today
to do what you need to do
with a trembling heart,
with racing thoughts
When you take the stage,
put yourself out there
and it shakes you,
yet you’re brave and you take
your steps,
Just close your eyes
for a moment
breathe and feel that
I am with you


I Hold You Dear

I hold you so dear
in every breath
in every movement
in the stillness
of the moment

I hold you so dear
in every sound
in every song
in the quietness
of knowing

I hold you so dear
in my poems
in my words
in the depths
of the unsaid

I hold you so dear
in my smiles
in my tears
in the embrace
of not knowing

In all of me
With all of me
I hold you dear,
so dear


Pay It Forward

On this freezing early morning
I ride my bike through the city streets
It’s still half dark, the day
has not yet fully awakened
The drops of an ice cold fog
bite my cheeks

But while my legs battle
their way up the hill
I hear your whisper of love inside
like a gentle caress and then,
I warm up, I brightly smile
A smile, that visibly warms
the hearts of others
that catch its rays
as I pay love forward


Because Love Flows

I step onto the ice
with my skates
and glide smoothly,
making my circles
twirling around
from within
from the heart

Because love flows
it moves me
and makes me dance
wherever I go

Love and poetry
It is a state of being
A sacred dance
A piece of art
It is a way of life


To Love Without Attachment

I don’t demand anything
I don’t expect you
to meet my needs
as for that,
I’m responsible myself
If you’d like to give,
give it free-hearted

The rose doesn’t demand sunlight
but is grateful for any light
the sun shines upon her
Just as the sun is grateful
to see the rose
blossoming for him

Loving me,
as only you can do,
it means the world,
more than the world,
to me


Wherever We Dance Together

And with my skates
I draw my lines of poetry
on ice
Every word is elegantly
danced for you
A Dutch landscape around me
Mills, little lights
My well known homeland
in which I once made my life’s entry

My heart glows within
I look up
and see the stars above
I see you and me
dancing there together,
drawing our lines of love
between the stars

And then I know
my true homeland
is everywhere
it’s in the galaxy, on earth,
in dreams, in our hearts
wherever I dance with you



And she tried to convince him
and the world
that she was kind,
that she was nice
that she was good,
that she was lovable
that she wasn’t bad,
that she wasn’t crazy
But maybe, she didn’t need
to convince anyone
Maybe, she only
needed to convince herself


You Turned On The Light

A still image
in black and white
Frozen in time
But then,
You turn on the light
to make
your colours
And suddenly,
It’s like Spring
sprouts from your chest
and out of Winter’s death
out of the past,
green leaves grow
New melodies arise
And you’re alive again
with me
in the now


One Heart Of Two

All those people
that look and stare
into my eyes
As if they see something
unusual, unknown
Do they want to dip
into the nectar of love
I have for you in my heart
Do they want to look

As if they see that
it is not just a heart of one
But I have one heart of two



After a night full of rain
and a scarcity of sleep,
the sun breaks through
Curled up like a fetus
I lie on the couch
The clock ticks like a heartbeat
I let the sun be the womb
around me
that births me back into light


No Stars In The Sky

I look up
rain falls on my face
and washes my tears away
I can’t see the moon tonight
It’s all dark
No stars in the sky
Where are you, my love

The sounds of the city
in the distance
Cars chasing each other
Blended with the sound of rain
My beating heart within
tells me that even when
the stars and moon have gone
you’re never truly far away



May my words touch you
as though they are my fingertips
May they reach deep
as though they are my gaze
May you sense them on
and under your skin
lightly and gently
May you feel them in your heart
as though they make
breathtaking electricity

May my words touch you
as though they are me


Full Body Experience

And I cry
not just with my eyes
but with my whole body
A fluid ache of missing you
that flows like a turbulent
river through me and that
fills the emptiness
where your hands,
your arms, your body
should have been sensed

And I yearn for you
I yearn with every fiber
every cell
that calls your name,
calls you to my temple
An unquenchable fire
that rises up the spine

And I love you
not just with full heart
and full soul,
also with full body
As if every spot,
every piece of it
is a tangible expression
of my love for you
that can be sensed
that can be tasted
that can be smelled,
heard, seen and


A Heart’s Length

You can lose money
You can lose status
You can lose faith
You can lose your mind
Though your heart
will catch you
and you can never
lose me

For there is an
eternal love string
between our hearts
Wherever you may go
Wherever I may go
We’re never more than
a heart’s length apart



And I could scream now,
the deep ache
I could smash it into words
and into a poem
Raw love, raw pain

I could scatter it around
I could roar it,
the missing you
I could make my lines
thunder and shake
crawl and howl

But instead,
I hold my cup of coffee
and stare
I hold my breath

And not even my tears
want to come out
to relieve my heart



I listen to your music
and let your voice
massage the tight and tense
muscles of my shoulders
I instantly melt under
its sweet touch
Your tones that dance
on my shoulders
to soften them
as soft as you once
made my heart


Love Letters In The Sky

I look up at the sky
always and anywhere
I find you in the clouds
in stars, the moon,
in the sunset, the sunrise,
the twilight

As if each holds a message
a tender word of love
a fiery stroke of longing

As if we write each other
love letters,
paint out our hearts
on the wide, open canvas
of the sky


You Know Better

And she heard his voice
whisper within:

Don’t be afraid to trust love
For love is the oxygen you breathe
It is always available for you
and that, you cannot lose

Even though they told you
as a child many, many times
that you were unworthy of love
unworthy of oxygen,
unworthy of life
and you had no right to exist

And even though you believed it
for many years
Even though they now repeat to you
those same ugly messages,

You know better

You are not their words
You are not their darkness
You are an earth angel

So breathe in, my darling
Breathe love in
Just receive it,
it is for free

Fill your heart, my darling
Breathe my love in


Learning To Trust Love

Her biggest fear was to lose love
for she knew too well
what it felt like to be without
and not to feel loved
by your own parents

But when she met him
for the first time she felt that
she always had been loved
by him, by God
To protect herself from hurt
she had only closed herself off
to receive it

Still, she often didn’t trust
Many times she closed her eyes
then opened them again
She expected to be without
but then saw that love
was still there and had not left her


The Sighs In The Checkout Line

She finds romance everywhere
Even in a long checkout line
under flickering, artificial light
while people behind and before her
sigh impatiently

For her heart just starts
to beat poetry
Candle light burns within
Rose petals shower
before her eyes
She daydreams him
His gaze, his arms, his lips
and then, she is the one that