Imago lacus

The picture above was taken by a dear friend, the American poet Debra Kang Dean (please do not use it without permission). I met Debra three years before, when I went to Walden to work with his late husband Brad, a great Thoreau scholar. Once we spent hours tracking this quotation: "Some men go fishing all their lives without ever realizing it's not fish they are after." We concluded that Thoreau never wrote it, but si non è vero...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Creer en el mundo (poem for T&E-rentzako poema)

"creer en el mundo no es creer que el mundo existe, de lo cual no dudamos, sino creer en las posibilidades del mundo, tener confianza en nuestra capacidad de conectarnos con las fuerzas del mundo, tener confianza en la capacidad de nuestras fuerzas de conectarse con las fuerzas del mundo […] con su devenir, con el devenir de los otros, con el devenir-otro de los otros en el mundo" (Peter Pál Pelbart)
Espazioaren barrunbean badaudela guneak
telefono estaldura gabekoak direnak
hala dio seinaleak Santiagoko mendian
Urduñako mendateko pagadian ibilian

han otsoak harrikadaz baitzituzten akatzen
gaur gabiltza kamera eta gure haurrak goxatzen
Tertangako iturrian bustitako eskua
Walden edo Islandia litzateke lekua

baldin eta horren bila ez bazoaz hortara
aldakorra da mundua baina badu lotura
konfiantza dagoenean bere bilakaeran
erdu eta to zuretzat gorde itzazu galtzetan.


Within this space there are areas 
without phone coverage
says the warning sign at the Monte Santiago
beech woods by the Orduña mountain pass

where once they killed wolves with stones
we walk with a camera and our children relax
hands wet with water from the fountain at Tertanga
a place you can call Walden or Iceland

as long as you don’t go there looking for it
the world is always changing and connected
whenever we trust whatever it becomes
come and hide these lines in your trousers.



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