Saturday, 14 April 2012

Poem by the Norwegian writer
Paal-Helge Haugen (1945- )

Late day, dreary light

Late day, dreary light
in through grimy panes
high up on a wall
some wall or other
in some room or other
in some century or other
In the straw on the floor the dog
an old scrawny bitch
with a swollen belly
is lying on its reeking bed
giving birth, twitching and convulsing
while the light leaves her
slants higher up the wall
Gives birth to wet life in the straw
goes on giving birth beyond all
meaning, all reason
into the night that enters
through panes, down walls
as the convulsions subside
in all the bodies

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