Unconditional love

She is an  

Eternal plane of possibilities

Of stillness, plateaus and peaks

Flowing as water falls on rock and soil

Leaving pearls of wisdom

On the brow of animals


She holds my head

When the day is done 

Warming our cold fields of endless mornings

Hides in mists and mimics nature

Or is it nature mimicking her?


Now she’s just her sex,


She is everything’s mother.

Even words were born by her pretending

To understand babies’ babbling


Her wisdom is weightless and immortal

She forgets it in a culture

Of men who count


Even her – in a bid to outsmart life


As I close more and more books and raise my eyes instead I see

That she is in all places where she does not meet resistance …


“Hurry, hurry!” echoing in my life: “I have to move on and on.”

 Guided by nymphs

Who don’t judge 

Who speak a language I do not understand

The more I doubt everything

The more a meaningfulness glows

As if in my cupped hands.

My sight flaming its light


When I seek firmness she answers with chaos

When I seek Chaos she answers with firmness

When I am hard she answers with softness

When I am soft she answers with softness –

until that is, she stops answering…

And that is the only thing that I know.

And here I am.


I will not disarm but

I surrender everything else. “


The picture for this essay was painted by Klimt in 1918.. I once heard an expert on the arts calling Klimt an expert on women and I think I agree.

Nietzsche must have been thinking along the same lines about women when he half humorously coined the following:

“The biggest philosophical problem is whether women are right.”

 What Nietzsche probably refers to here is for instance the fact that women’s basic wisdom and advice such as drink tea with lemon when you have the flu actually works and that a man’s advanced philosophical systems may rather confuse than shed light on the essence of things.

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), who was such a sharp a thinker that Nietzsche never walked around without a Montaigne’s essays in his pocket (true story!), wrote in the fifteenth century that women were leaders in our home and in our schools, so he had the men who began teaching women in mathematics, rhetoric and for example astronomy suspected of doing so, just in order to be able to control them.

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