Thursday 31 October 2019

Another poem from Lennart Sjögren's latest collection

To some extent I think I know humans
and to some extent I think I know animals
we live together after all
can touch and smell each other
have different ways of expressing emotions

Everything outside this is unknown to me
but I am not referring here to monsters
not to angels and not to
so much talked-about demons either

If I were to say that physically speaking
it is smaller than midges
or larger than lions
it would be an insult
both to midges and to lions
I am not even sure it materially exists

But it is there even so
and tells me both day and night
that I must mention it
if at least to a certain degree
I am to speak the truth.

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