A Decent Talk

Document ID 1989 TAPE UnKnwn 14GER
1989, October
Object-type: Transcripted tape

Tell me what happened.
Well, George, as you must have surmised, got in touch with me after he left police headquarters yesterday night -- or morning. He recognized the mutual advantage of pooling forces. The Protea was his thought. He saw the notice of its arrival in the papers and remembered that he had heard in Hong Kong that Seba and Miss Moraea had been seen together. Well, Bob, he saw that notice and putting two and two together, guessed the truth – she had given the chemicals to Seba to bring here for her...
And at that juncture you decided to slip me the mickey, huh?
(sound of a moving chair). There was no place for you in our plans, Bob, so we decided to spare ourselves any possible embarrassment... George and Peter and I went to call on Seba. We were lucky enough to arrive while Miss Moraea was there. In many ways it was a difficult conference but we finally persuaded Miss Moraea to come to terms, or so we thought. We then left the boat and set out for my hotel where I was to pay Miss Moraea.Well, we men should have known better. En route she and Seba and the main piece slipped completely through our fingers.
You touched off the boat before you left?
Not intentionally, though I dare say we, or Peter at least, were responsible for one fire. While the rest of us were talking in the cabin, Peter went about the ship trying to find the main piece. No doubt he was careless with matches.
All right... Now about the shooting.
We caught up with Miss Moraea and Seba at her apartment. I sent Peter downstairs to cover the fire escape before ringing the bell. And, sure enough, while she was asking us who we were through the door and we told her, we heard a window go up. Peter shot Seba as he was coming down the fire escape -- shot him more than once. But Seba was too tough either to fall or drop the piece. He climbed the rest of the way down, knocked Peter over and ran off. We persuaded -- that is the word, Bob, we... ah... persuaded Miss Moraea to tell us where she had told Seba to take piece. And we... ah... further... ah... persuaded her to phone your office in an attempt to draw you away before Seba got there. But, unfortunately for us, it had taken too long to persuade Miss Moraea...
Well, Bob, I am sorry indeed to lose you and I want you to know that I couldn't be any fonder of you if you were my own brother. But well, by Gad, if it’s time for pieces that so many people can’t do without, you get yourself together for the necessary construction works and shoot the gospel.

Re-used tape, originated from 60s

Om te beginnen is er geen feilloze methode
het is zover het oog reikt
en het daarin geziene.

Planten kunnen als voorbeeld dienen.
Wie van de planten wil leren krijgt kansen genoeg.

Maar vanwege de rapportage wil het toezicht dat we moeite doen
voor de methode. Het is een mager begin de bewering dat niets stilstaat
dat niets blijft, dat de meest succesvolle levende organismen gewend zijn om te groeien.

Groei is een beweging
Groei zoekt niks in de palmen en alles in de groei.
Groei is vitaal, is feitelijk.

It took a long time to finish.
All summer long, in defiance of the heat, we tidied up the classification tables
took new cuttings and guided them towards the cool morning
where we fell into each other’s arms, exhausted but satisfied.

Freed from the tables briefly, not quite knowing how to interpret the limbs
we’d used to support the desks and display cases.

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Forms, Figures, Tables, Ideas.
All that happened once.

Difficult to think, given the absent wind in the picture.
When the lull inches across the afternoon and your lips don’t move any air about either.

The thought scares me, I try to comfort myself with what I know, but can’t find a single fact that brings relief. The photos still don’t convey anything of what continues to grow inside the lab technician.

Where to go
the day we see
there is nowhere to go?
all that remains
and the rain making sound
all that
all that
that all one’s thoughts
have been thought by others
one another
confusion and balance
other times not

Water is the mouth
I am your confusion
I that must always be
the only possible point of departure
the darkness that
sleeps, the blood in the body that sleeps
tomorrow it will be almost sleep
always take up sleep, also

Zoals de planters zich tot de houthakkers verhouden.
De palmen hebben zwaar op onze schouders gedrukt. Als idee van hout, maar meer als idee op zich. Steeds als in onze gesprekken een stilte viel waren het de palmen die onze gedachten innamen.

We hebben de liefde van planters en houthakkers hoog zitten. Daar gaan we in de tabellen niet graag aan voorbij. We weten dat we in kaart brengen waar anderen hun argumenten aan ontlenen.
Zoals de kaart zich tot de argumenten verhoudt.


The rules are given
in order to make them prevail.

Which rules? he asks her
and his movement beats out the hours, like a bird.

Someone else, on the other side of that movement
and holds an arm over the head.

Suppose this is a bird
says the one who is staring at a spot
that  is slowly becoming red.

I went to see if it showed:
the sun’s position, swallows under the gutter.

Difficult to say.
All those empty barns. Land everywhere

this landscape started to be
and lots in it
that was beyond repair.

Had not only come here
but also overtaken
I was

an acre carried to this head
to have been for this acre.
This led to sand and stones
and I lay there
until the rain came.

Nobody who can remember
what may still be gathered
and dried with care.