Thursday, October 6, 2011

tomas transtromer


Once there was a shock
that left behind a long, shimmering comet tail.
It keeps us inside. It makes the TV pictures snowy.

It settles in cold drops on the telephone wires.

One can still go slowly on skis in the winter sun

through brush where a few leaves hang on.

They resemble pages torn from old telephone directories.

Names swallowed by the cold.

It is still beautiful to feel the heart beat

but often the shadow seems more real than the body.

The samurai looks insignificant
beside his armour of black dragon scales.

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