As long as I remember I write, because it is my passion and it gives me a lot of pleasure! It feels like I was made to write...and so I do. To share, to give, to love, to explain, to accept and to understand.
At first I will open the curtain for you. Who am I?
Born in the Netherlands somewhere in the former age, Benjamin Maryanan.
My dear parents were brought to Holland out of the former Dutch-Indies,
becauseof the roaring new colonial circumstances.
Raised in the former Jewish camp Westerbork, ironically known by us as
As a red line history walks into my life and my work.
Reality and fiction almost walking together hand in hand and I desperately
hold on it or furiousI try to leave it.
In my poems I dream to faraway places in the universe to build up my
Or the next moment I am confronted hard with the daily reality that
without doubt has left me with traces and scars.
A poem can be as a dream or an escape to find some kind of peace,
acceptance or to be touched.
While surrounded by commotion, unrest, uncertainty, doubts,
misunderstanding about the past, the present and the coming future.
As the poet I am like anyone part of it and like everyone I depend
on the changing circumstances of the spirit of time.
Indeed, because time changes and goes on without mercy for everyone
no matter who you are.
The standing truth of yesterday can today or tomorrow totally be different!
That is the lesson of history and we as mankind make our own destiny in
That is why my conviction is that we are able to give tomorrow another sight
and so to hold on to our ideals whatever the past has brought and given us.
As a poet that is my motivation to believe that we can write our own future.
Illusion or not, it’s my mountain of treasures, that I want to serve you in words,
just words but they say everything what I want to say.
And between the lines we all have our own opinion about everything,
thank God, because that’s a right of everyone!
The liberty to be free is the highest possession of man and former generations
have strived and suffered for that. And always that will be also for the next generations!
My poetical freedom was given so I can offer my part to that and by that I am privileged.
By that I travel as I say to all corners of my human being within the universe that has no time and borders and only limited by my own inner vision.
Once broken in pieces or hidden behind a dream but never faded away.
Or even denied and put away as not relevant because time was not ready for it.
Now, revealed within a lot of poems and you may be the witness!
At last I like to say you that I am proud to share this moment with you and I hope that it will give you peace and happiness. Or hopefully it gives you some luck and wisdom.
Believe me or not, that is up to you! How far away or near I go, my mind, heart and soul is my own companion.
Join the travel but don’t forget a safe homecoming!
It is all up to you when you want to see me alive or to know me better and to be a part of my world!
If you are interested in my work feel free to contact me.