MY MOTHER'S HAND
Bathing in a drop's quiet light
I remember how I came into being:
A pencil stuck in my hand,
my mother's cool hand around mine, it was warm.
– And then we wrote
in and out between coral reefs,
an undersea alphabet of arches and apexes
of snail-shell spirals, of starfish points,
of gesticulating octopus arms,
of cave vaults and rock formations.
Letters that vibrated and found their way,
dizzy over the white.
Words like flat fish that flapped
and dug themselves into the sand
or swaying sea anemones with hundreds of threads
in quiet motion at the same time.
Sentences like streams of fish
that grew fins and rose,
grew wings and moved in a rhythm,
throbbing like my blood, that blindly
beat stars against the heart's night sky,
when I saw that her hand had let mine go,
that I had long ago written myself out of her grasp.
Queen's Gate 1998, Bloodaxe 2001, translated by David McDuff
Translated by David McDuff
Translated by Jytte Kronig
Wagner & Van Santen
ISBN: 90 76569-54-1
Translated by Sven Christer Swahn