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Tranströmer, Tomas - Walking Running Crawling



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A description of the experience

Walking Running Crawling

Walk among fallen trees a year after the storm.
Wing-sound. Torn up roots
turned toward heaven, stretching out
like skis on someone jumping.

Thirsty wasps hum low over the moss.
And the holes, they resemble the holes
after all those invisible trees
that have also been uprooted these last years.

I don't even have wings. I pull my way forward
in my life-the labyrinth
whose walls you can see through-
walking running crawling.

(Note: This poem is taken from a letter to Robert Bly on July 8, l972.It was published in the Swedish and American releases of Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Transtromer and has never been published outside this context in Swedish.)

The source of the experience

Tranströmer, Tomas

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