Niemisel - Nyköping & Vice Versa


A thousand kilometers stretch

between my book collections,

and life is halved and doubled;

each homecoming a resumed reading;

every departure an aborted one


but departures as well as returns

include both implications

of the peculiarities of travel;

of the nature of movement;

the going and the coming

in the Yin & Yang of relocation,

when all homecomings carry,

in themselves, departures and fare thee wells;

every leaving housing an appearance, a reunion


The two characteristics of the journey

are life and death,

confusingly and blindingly similar;

birth and demise in one gaze;

thus a dichotomy of the elastic present

and an entanglement across the distances;

shortening and lengthening of thoughts and emotions;

acceleration and deceleration

in a playfully serious tug-of-war;

the undulating steel song of the rail

through the depths of great forests;

an intertwining of lives


But since my northern habitat is inhabited

by Anna and the animals,

and therefore always in flux,

whereas my southern abode is a man cave

and a retreat,

where everything is as it was

when I return,

their Yin & Yang are wrung out of equilibrium,

oscillating like two celestial objects

of different mass and density,

caught in a cosmic dance;

a vast ellipse of living;

a powerful imbalance

of closeness and desolation;

of silence and voices,

of that which was and that which becomes,

of missing and the joy of reuniting;

of love and the longing for love;

of hunger for solitude

and the leap out of loneliness;

The movement in itself pregnant with revelations

on the threshold of the unforeseen

that sprouts in every crack of existence,

out of the potentiality of a myriad worlds

wrapped in an immeasurably thin veil

of time and space

in the tremendous creative power

of every wasted second


Poetry by Ingvar Loco Nordin The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2022-12-12 at 23:15

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Griffonner The PoetBay support member heart!
Just three letters, Ingvar: WOW!
Then again: RESPECT!
Such a powerful meditation in poetic format.