Tranströmer, Tomas - Two Cities
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
There is a stretch of water, a city on each side-
one of them utterly dark, where enemies live.
Lamps are burning in the other.
The well-lit shore hypnotizes the dark shore.
I swim out in a trance
on the glittering dark water.
A steady note of a tuba comes in.
It's a friend's voice: "Take up your grave and walk."