‘n Gedig van Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was ‘n ds. in Duitsland wat deur Hitler in die tronk gegooi is. Hy is op die ou end net voor die einde van die oorlog tereggestel.

Hier is ‘n gedig wat hy vanuit die tronk geskryf het… Dit het my laat dink oor dominee wees. Dit is ook van toepassing op kind-van-die-Here wees.

“Who am I?”

Who am I? They often tell me

I stepped from my cell’s confinement

calmly, cheerfully, firmly,

like a Squire from his country-house.

Who am I? They often tell me

I used to speak to my warders

freely and friendly and clearly,

as though it were mine to command.

Who am I? They also tell me

I bore the days of misfortune

equally, smilingly, proudly,

like one accustomed to win.

Am I then really all that which other men tell of?

Or am I only what I myself know of myself?

Restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage,

struggling for breath, as though hands were

compressing my throat,

yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds,

thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness,

tossing in expectation of great events,

powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance,

weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making,

faint, and ready to say farewell to it all?

Who am I? This or the other?

Am I one person to-day and to-morrow another?

Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others,

and before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling?

Or is something within me still like a beaten army,

fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?

Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.

Whoever I am, Thou knowest, 0 God, I am Thine!

Author: Henri Meyer (vdm)

Ek is 'n doodgewone outjie in Mosselbaai wat die Here wil dien met my lewe...

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