Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Kjell Espmark: 'Enligt en australisk myt'


According to an Australian myth

singing beings passed over the earth

and gave names to the mountains and watercourses,

to the kangaroo and likewise to mankind –

to everything which thereby came to exist.
As a long-standing teacher of philosophy

I view the matter differently,

especially since death took Maud from me.

In that case other, silent beings follow

in the singing ones’ tracks through existence

and gather up all the names again.

The given names are ripped from the trees

which then no longer are trees,

are torn from houses and rivers and love

which thereby cease to exist.

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