The Migrant Bird´s Compass
Pia Tafdrup: "The Migrant Bird´s Compass". Poems. Gyldendal 2010
Cover: Ida Balslev-Olesen with photo of Per Bak Jensen
Now also as CD:
Pia Tafdrup: "Birds of Compass". CD Read by the poet in Danish. Gyldendal LYD (Produced at AudioResort)2010
Cover: Sarah Green with photo of Per Bak Jensen
THE WORDS TRAVEL
I live in another country, but even so
don’t leave my home.
The alphabet I take with me
and the structures of the grammar
the words’ meanings and emphases.
No matter where on the globe
I live in the language
I was born into.
No storm of other languages
I am I
in my own language –
dreaming in what accidentally
became my mother tongue.
I write at home,
everywhere the same:
The words have hearts of migrating birds,
they want to reach someone,
and I live with these
bird-words, their singing and hoarse cries.