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Sailing -- Henrik Nordbrandt

Guest poem submitted by Sashidhar Dandamudi:
(Poem #1046) Sailing
 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.
-- Henrik Nordbrandt
Translated from the Danish by the author and Alexander Taylor.

The punch is in the last two lines: "And the sea is full of old tired ships
/ which we have sunk in our attempt to reach each other." What a wonderful
way to describe all the relationships one has gone through to arrive at the
present. Also this one captures the languidness of the post-coital trance
very well, like that Seth poem "To Make Love to A Stranger".

Sashi.

[Links]

Here's a rather LitCritty essay on Nordbrandt's poetic themes:
http://www.litteraturnet.dk/danvalg/frameit.asp?dest=http://www.litteraturne
t.dk/danvalg/f_portraet.asp!fid=56&fid=56

Here's a nice drawing of the poet:
http://www.qikrux.com/henrik_nordbrandt.htm

Here's Google:
http://www.google.com/

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