been studying some basic swedish online. decided to use some of it in my writing.

jag talar engelska in a floridian flat

expansive space, endless
completely void of sound
except the lone electronic fan sitting in the corner

"i remember when i had nothing,
i've come a long way from sleeping in parking lots"

swedish verbs swim in my head,
filled with american humor
and spanish history
and thoughts of expensive cheeses
and desires to see the world
and to have it all
just to lose it all

"damn! my head is pounding!
i've been awake too long,
or overslept or something"

i'm in some strange land
and i don't know how i got here

"talar du engelska?"

i'm in some strange land
and i don't know how i got here

but somewhere,
there's an old doctor in a white lab coat
drawing a road map of my brain
and it's filled with dead ends

there were grand structures
along the way as we use to walk,
lost without direction -
leaky ceilings and blood coming out
from betweenst the ancient boards,
veins are coming loose!

and also, neurons are catching fire!

do you speak any language?
are you ready to go home?
because, i have the map now


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Written on 2015-05-27 at 23:40

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Germanic languages are great to learn. But easier if you are there. Nice piece.

Åsa Andersson
Välkommen till svenska språket, Thomas!

I love learning foreign languages. Their different takes on reality overlap and expand and give me perspectives I could never have imagined på svenska alone.

I didn't know you were into Swedish, Thomas? ☺
A couple of years ago, I dabbled a bit and even posted on the sister site of poetbay in Swedish. ☺ But it broke my feeble mind. ☺☺☺