Ostend_Day 7 Around Rope - Saskia De Coster 

Around Rope

(a rope on the sea front of Ostend)

Let me tell you something, little girl, I’m ninety-nine years old, what are you saying, I can’t hear you, you want to tell me something about a rope? I’m ninety-nine years old, I have lived everywhere on earth, let me tell you something, come, let’s sit down, I was the wife of an expat, I only drank Pina Coladas in the Caribbean, gained 5 kilograms, that rope yes, that rope, my sister is a hundred-and-one, listen to me…

You don’t need to be a stranger to me, you don’t need to keep all that distance, now you’re even walking on the other side of the rope… Move aside, let my wife and kids through, I have a day off, I would love to help, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not gonna work myself into a sweat to help carry that rope, I have to do a barbecue…

Excuse me, what is the purpose of this, oh it doesn’t have a purpose, that’s good, a bird also sings without a purpose... Okay but that’s easy, I can do that too… But no, only an artist can make that… Yeah, sure, don’t try to fool me… Congratulations everyone this here is nicely made… Can I just step over it? ... That little dog doesn’t ask, it steps… it doesn’t step, it leaps… Look what they’re doing now, they’re lifting the rope, do you think it weighs a lot? ... Twenty people in a procession with that thing… It looks like a cult… Oh, it is a cult? That’s what I thought, now I understand… It’s a movement… Ha ha yes, they’re moving, that’s for sure… Look at them go, walking on the front, towards the casino…
And I, I’m like watching the rope, and I’m losing myself... What is this thing doing here… in a curl like an orange peel, that’s wonderful… Can I feel it, I’m gonna feel it… Give it a hug? I don’t know, it’s kinda big…. Say, kids, look how beautiful this is, careful, don’t break it, don’t jump on it, oh, they can jump on it, alright jump kids, jump, careful, before you know it you’ll lose a front tooth and later you’ll say: at the Casino of Ostend on a blue rope I lost my grown-up front tooth….

The monster of Loch Ness is here, the kids say while climbing the worm and tugging it, finally we’ve found him, we’ve been searching our whole life… And me, I only watched and now I’m humming a tune while walking the front… Don’t be a stranger to me, my heart is like an apple tree, my heart is a stowaway on the big cruise ship of the world… in the hold lies a rope that doesn’t belong there