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As if in the dark

Inge Pedersen
translated by Marilyn Nelson

as if in the dark
someone or another
has struck
a match
and suddenly turned
his eyes
and white
in all
their death

I'm suddenly
not afraid
I don't look
for the shared
second that streams
over our cheeks


Inge Pedersen, Den Trettende Maaned (The Thirteenth Month),
Translation © Marilyn Nelson, 2002. Copenhagen: Gyldendal Press.

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