From "An Invented Child"

by Monica Aasprong


From "An Invented Child"

you receive a letter

which is so flat

that it’s nearly

empty

 

so white

and flat

that it cuts

itself into you

unread

 

into your eye

tightens your throat

turns your stomach inside out

 

stop,

says the child

 

I don’t want

this letter

 

yes, I say

it’s already written

 

it’s already on its way

into your eye

@Et diktet barn, translated by May-Brit Akerholt

Fra "Et diktet barn"

du får et brev

som er så flatt

at det nesten

er tomt

 

så hvitt

og flatt

at det skjærer

seg inn i deg

ulest

 

 

inn i øyet

tetter halsen

vrenger magen

 

stopp,

sier barnet

 

jeg vil ikke ha

dette brevet

 

jo, sier jeg

det er allerede skrevet

 

det er allerede på vei

inn i øyet

                                                          

 

@Et diktet barn, Cappelen Damm, 2010