Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Kjell Espmark: 'Drömde jag låg på ett marmorbord'


 Dreamt I lay on a marble slab

at the centre of an anatomical theatre.

Men dressed in black with broad-brimmed hats,

taken from a painting by Rembrandt,

were in the process of opening my rib-cage.

Those crowding round up there in ring upon ring,

leaned forward so as to see.

They gave a gasp

when one of the black figures lifted up my heart

and pointed to how it was still beating.

I also felt how my lips were moving

forming words that refused to surrender.



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