Lands and oceans
It is precisely fire that is dear to us.
At times you feel it on the soles of your feet.
It’s a sign that everything was once divine ocean,
while the deep time of earth is expressed in such disquieting numbers
that their discovery has changed the course of human thought.
Which, it goes without saying, expects the ground
beneath its feet, and a favorable ambience.
From this perspective the sun is something like eternity,
the sea a stubborn subtext.
will work so long as graves can be dug.
Only in certain locations can houses be built.
Despite everything there’s faith in the permanence of these traces,
though everyone knows it’s better to have one handful of peace.
Still other versions speak of the answered prayer of the fish.
One way or the other, chaos has its laws.
Bodies are solid, though we do have tears, and they are in every word:
for salt is on the tongue’s tip and is the dot over the i.
Translated by Bill Johnston