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Poem

Henrik Nordbrandt

A life

You struck a match and its flame blinded you
so you couldn’t find what you were looking for in the darkness
before the match burned out between your fingers
and pain made you forget what you were looking for.

Een leven

Je streek een lucifer af en de vlam verblindde je
zodat je niet vond wat je in het donker zocht
voor hij tussen je vingers was opgebrand
en je door de pijn vergat wat het was

Et liv

Du strøg en tændstik, og dens flamme blændede dig
så du ikke kunne finde, hvad du søgte i mørket
før den brændte ud mellem fingrene på dig
og smerten fik dig til at glemme, hvad det var.
 
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A life

You struck a match and its flame blinded you
so you couldn’t find what you were looking for in the darkness
before the match burned out between your fingers
and pain made you forget what you were looking for.

A life

You struck a match and its flame blinded you
so you couldn’t find what you were looking for in the darkness
before the match burned out between your fingers
and pain made you forget what you were looking for.
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