...it's not dark yet, but it's gettin' there...

August 23, 2006

Wednesday Is Poetry Day

From the best contemporary Danish poet out there, Henrik Nordbrandt:


After having loved we lie close together
and at the same time with distance between us
like two sailing ships that enjoy so intensely
their own lines in the dark water they divide
that their hulls
are almost splitting from sheer delight
while racing, out in the blue
under sails which the night wind fills
with flower-scented air and moonlight
- without one of them ever trying
to outsail the other
and without the distance between them
lessening or growing at all.

But there are other nights, where we drift
like two brightly illuminated luxury liners
lying side by side
with the engines shut off, under a strange constellation
and without a single passenger on board:
On each deck a violin orchestra is playing
in honor of the luminous waves.
And the sea is full of old tired ships
which we have sunk in our attempt to reach each other.

Somewhat Billy Collins-esque, don't you think?

Posted by annika, Aug. 23, 2006 | TrackBack (0)
Rubric: Poetry


Illiterate buffoon, doesn't know the difference between sailing and cruising, besides its contrived.

Posted by: Casca on Aug. 24, 2006

There are still other nights
Where we are like a neon
orange raft, in the whitewater

And you won't paddle
And keep bitching at me
because we keep hitting rocks

And you just won't stop bitching
and all I can think of
is how you like that one movie
with Meryl Streep & Kevin Bacon
that I hate, so I scream
Man Overboard, Port side!
And I wack you with my paddle
smiling as the distance between us grows
watching as your girly flailing makes
you sink even faster in your attempts
to reach me once more. god you're so annoying.

Posted by: Scof on Aug. 24, 2006

Don't you remember? Overboard starred Goldie and Kurt.

Posted by: annika on Aug. 24, 2006

I actually like that movie, its an 80's classic in my opinion, even though it does take place in butt ugly Oregon.

Posted by: Scof on Aug. 24, 2006