Friday, 23 October 2015

Poem 'Mirrorings and folds' by the Swedish poet Lars Gustafsson

Mirrorings and folds

The great Atlantic shoals of herring
are able to reflect light

like a sudden gleam of silver
against the underside of the clouds

The silver cloud of fish
just under the surface of the sea
becomes a mirror of the sky’s low clouds.

Traditional Dutch fishermen
saw it and learnt how to follow the shoals

through their reflection in the clouds.
An agitated light that moves

from one place to the next.
And someone asleep wakes up far too early,

And sees at this instant something silver
spreading towards wakefulness’ heavy clouds.

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