SIGNPOST The world was old even before it was born, for no one learns from others’ experience, only by making the mistakes oneself over and over again. Atlas, globe, map, the world was discovered, only not by me… In the heart is the signpost I follow. What else can I so exactly navigate by? STUMBLING STONE Not a stone in the shoe that chafes long before it registers as stone, but a stone on the road, a stumbling stone, that suddenly makes the heart pound in the chest, as waves roll from foreign shores in towards the coast, where I grew up, into the poems I write. A stone between before and after at an insurmountable distance on a hot day without a cloud in the sky. A stone, lying as it does, sun up there stone down here substance, matter, in order to point out that I am scarcely on the road – but the mind is racing. What does a person think of while walking? Not necessarily of travel, the legs walk by themselves, once they've learned to walk. Quite often the person thinks about not having much time to live, thinks about events that are like scars in the heart or about changing for the better, at least trying. I walk on the road the mind is racing over a wayless terrain, far beyond this present now.
(from Trækfuglens kompas, 2010)
translated from Danish by David McDuff