Thursday, 16 June 2011

A poem from 'A Time in Xanadu' by the Swedish poet Lars Gustafsson


That cold green streak
that was morning
had nothing in common
with us.

And the proud plumes of chimney smoke
rose straight up.
To some god who liked
such vertical movements.

And the scrunching underfoot!
Oh that indescribable scrunching:

no one could approach unheard
that was for sure.

And the suspicion that life
perhaps really was meaningless

and not just in Schopenhauer
and the other daring old guys.

But here too
under the sky’s white plumes of smoke.

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