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978-3-95655-897-9 (Buch), 978-3-95655-898-6 (E-Book)
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Reisen / Irland, Kunst / Malen
Orte und Menschen: Sachbuch, Bildbände, Moderne und zeitgenössische Belletristik, Irland: Donegal, Irland: Leitrim, Irland: Kilarney, Irland: Sligo, Irland: Die Zwölf Bens, Irland: Mayo, Irland: Connemara, 2010 bis 2019 n. Chr.
Ireland, Helga Kaffke, Watercolors, Mayo, Westport, Sligo, Ballycroy, Achill Island, Tullaghan Bay, Slievemore, Connemaraschafe, Donegal, Killala, Clew Bay, Faulmore, Leitrim, Connemara, Leenane, Belmullet, Moor, Dunmore, Asleagh, Cashel, Mullet Peninsula, Leenane
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Everything depends on balance. Just another five steps, six, after that the road descends steeply into the hollow. You have to keep an eye on it. You have to focus firmly on the crest. If you are too fast, you are down straight away. It really knocks you sideways. In the hollow the damp lingers longest. Because the wind only whistles over it, and the sun doesn't bother appearing at all, or only very briefly, only to let it be known that she is not going to turn up at all. There, below, at the bottom, the road remains as it always was. With large potholes from the rain, with deep mud-holes. It is a difficult stretch. You can only put one foot in front of the other. You have to know the trick. It's best to walk exactly in the middle, because the road is staggering a little. The muck in the drain is not painful. It only takes a while to get up again.

The Stout is twittering in Paddy's brain. Paddy can hear it clearly, he knows every note, he can tell them apart exactly. He went to wet his throat a little, in Snoopy's Bar, but he holds himself as upright as he can, you have to be able for that, to finish off all the drink and walk in a straight line afterwards, everything depends on balance, you have to manage that. You have to know the trick, then it is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other, slowly, no need to be in such a rush. If Paddy is honest, he must admit: his boots would not tolerate more speed anyway. Not that they are falling apart, leather, as Paddy knows, is durable, is tough. But the laces, they are gone, that sort of stuff perishes quickly, at the end barely fit for a knot, Paddy couldn’t do it. Of course he could buy new ones, he could afford them, just doesn't bother, the boots are a bit loose, but it will do, it works, relax, to panic would be no use.

Also because of the drain. It doesn't hurt Paddy, but Martha, Martha would notice straight away if he had been lying in the muck. Martha sees everything. Then the nagging would start all over again. The whole lament. Or possibly not. Because Martha is gone as well. Not tough enough. Not tough. Martha can't stand Snoopy. Because he can't find an end, when Paddy doesn't know one, when he pours too much oil on his lamp, but what else can he do, he's only doing it so that the music returns, the twittering, that takes time.

Snoopy's Stout is good for music. You have to drink it in small sips, in very small ones, nearly like tea, that takes time, you have to be able to wait. Anyway, Paddy is always the last one at the counter to be served, the very last one, that takes time, Paddy can wait endlessly. The smaller the sips, the later the tingling arrives in the stomach. The later the tingling arrives in the stomach, the better the music in the head. That is simple. Like putting one foot in front of the other, slowly, Paddy knows how.

Shut up, Martha, Paddy says, as a precaution, so that it doesn't start all over again, and that is a reprimand, but he says some more things, nothing special, just stuff, for Martha, she'll have an ear for it, Martha always listened carefully.

The road from Snoopy’s counter to Paddy’s bunk plods along, Paddy talks walking and walks talking, and he doesn't seem to be surprised that a conversation just hangs in the air like that. He remembers how to do that, to grab the word as it passes. The road plogs along, staggers, but is safe, Paddy really knows another kind of staggering, long ago, long gone, but nothing is lost, Paddy knows every note, every call, he can tell them apart exactly - whereafter all everything depended on it at that time; whether the fish landed in the boat or the boat with the fish, and of course the box of mackerel from the catch for Paddy the handyman, the helper, Paddy was good at that, he could do it, a life can pass over this, just don't rush it. Paddy won’t have any large catches anymore, he did what he could do, it was alright, it worked, it took time, now there is nothing to catch anymore, but life is good to Paddy: something is still quite open.

The road plogs along, it stretches out, but Paddy has time, plenty of it, and that is good so, because in his bunk, in his stupid trap, bang, just like that, the music stops, power gone, turned off, not the slightest bit of twittering.

You can only lie down, stretching all fours, you can listen forever, no use. Not even a croke, not even that. Not even crows outside the window. Because there are no pine-trees anymore. No crooked, leaning sideways into the wind ones, that reminded of Padraig O'Toole. Paddy is still there. Pine-trees are not. But the logs were tough, even in the fire, Paddy's eyes were watering, so much smoke. It didn't do them any good. The crows, naturally, are gone, too. Paddy has peace when the music is off.

The hollow is behind him now. The one with the watery potholes. With the drains. The difficult stretch. Up here it's blowing again. But the sun also shines on Paddy‘s hide, and she takes nothing for it, she does it for free, he has a soft spot for that. She creeps up his damp backbone, that is nice, as he has to go past Martha shortly now. Martha can't be seen from the road. But Paddy knows where to find her. First he has to step through the narrow gap in the wall. Not everyone fits through, he does. Or he could take the back way undo knots, knots that are disintegrating, like the squeaky hinges to which the twine is tied. The gate that fitted the hinges is lying in ambush in the grass, like a metal skeleton. You have to know the place, otherwise you quickly land flat on your face. Rust is chewing away, but couldn't get the better of it, not yet, you have to have patience, you have to be able to see the grass grow, juicy grass, it grows like crazy, but it can't cover everything, not all the rust, not all old stories.

Usually Martha is waiting. Sometimes he has to chase the sheep away first. Not that Paddy would keep anything secret from them. But after all, he has to come more often because of them. The green grass growing over Martha is not enough for them. They get itchy, and then it's the stone's turn. Paddy had little cash those days, that's why it remained rough, has rough edges. The sheep like coming to Martha. But no stone can stand that firmly, can survive so many sheep. Once it starts leaning over, it can topple soon. But after twenty years Martha is no stranger to the stone anymore, It's allowed to lean over her. But to be heavy on her soul, by God, it is not allowed to do to her. Paddy has to get stuck into the stone then. Paddy goes for a look frequently. And Martha, if he understood her rightly, has forgiven him.

In the past Paddy could maneuver the heavy piece by himself. Now he can forget about that. Now he would be lost without help. One pulls, and one pushes. It depends on balance. Usually Paddy finds somebody. And when nobody is there, he can't help Martha. Then her breathing has to be more shallow. Paddy tells her everytime not to forget to breathe. But Martha doesn't reply: „Hey, Paddy, thanks, I‘ll remember“, or something like that, which she really could do, because it is good advice, Paddy knows how important breathing is, one has to do that, it's as easy as drinking tea, you have to take your time for it, and Martha surely has enough of that. No, sometimes Martha isn't quite right in the head. sometimes she mutters gruff nonsense, crazy stuff, just things, for Paddy, who knows every note, who can tell them apart exactly. But if he feels like it, he can stop listening. He won't worry his head about any old nonsense, the beautyful head with all the music in it. Shut up, Martha, Paddy says, shut up!

Martha rarely answers, but Paddy knows that that won't make any difference to him or to the world. Nothing gets lost, nothing really important, even the stuff Paddy says into the wind is not gone away, the wind lives in the wires above him, and up here he whistles to him that his ears start glowing, that they start ringing, music to music, that is good.

WALKING TALKING. On the road in Ireland’s wild west von Gabriele Berthel, Helga Kaffke (Illustrator): TextAuszug