Jan Theuninck, BE (Belgium)




Ekphrastic Free Verse


Tyne Cot


when you left
for the front
you were
living heroes
and now
you are on top
of the hill
where only

toen jullie
naar het front
waren jullie
levende helden
en nu
liggen jullie
op de heuvel
waar alleen
papavers bloeien...


Text in Dutch in the cortensteel wall of the library in Zonnebeke, Belgium

Belgian architect Wim Supply realized an integration project in Zonnebeke,
a village in Flanders' Fields, the battlefields of the Great War.
In the Chateau Park, where you find the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917,
he built a cortensteel building to house the youth library of Zonnebeke.

Not only the color of the building refers to the war, but he also put the text of
a poessay by Jan Theuninck on its wall. This text, Tyne Cot, refers to Tyne Cot
Cemetery, the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces on the continent.

Through 30 years of experience, Wim Supply became a most respected
architect in Belgium: In 2003 he was the architect of a coastal project,
named Literaal, where poems where put on dikes and public places alongside
the belgian North Sea coast.


About Jan Theuninck, BE (Belgium)


Jan Theuninck is a Belgian painter and poet born in Zonnebeke, Belgium in 1954.

He writes poessays and ekphrastic poetry.

This is Jan Theuninck's first appearance in Sketchbook.









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