Swiss graffiti

February 21, 2007

For some reason a line of graffiti that I saw on a wall in Bern circa 1982—it was unusual to see any graffiti in Switzerland in those days, so perhaps that’s why I have remembered it—sprang to mind today.

Hab Sonne im Herzen und Wut im Bauch

it said, which could be translated (I think it sounds better in English with the phrases the other way round) like this: Have rage in your belly and sunshine in your heart!

I confess that I deliberately look for positive or encouraging things to say (to myself?) in most of these blog entries, which doesn’t mean to say that I don’t take any notice of the grimmer side of life. I just don’t think it’s good to dwell on it. Fear and foreboding is discouraging and if everyone goes around like Chicken Licken, Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky and the rest, exclaiming, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” it doesn’t help matters much.

Anyway, this sunny morning I spotted another kind of bird, on a black branch, among the snow-covered houses, against the bright blue sky: a cardinal. It’s supposed to be lucky to see him; the thing is, it must be lucky, because he cheers people up.


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