The sea’s only sentence

The scalpel and the metronome
on my father’s piano
kept a silence between them,
when I was a child.

Only now, with time,
have I begun to hear,
understand
their strange stories.

They hone time to transparency.

(Source: Shape of Time, by Doris Kareva, tr. Tiina Aleman (2010. Original: Aja kuju, 2005)


When the fear of death becomes so great
that there is no escape,
we rush headlong to greet it.

It is then we jump into the abyss,
plunge headfirst into the oven,
crash through the mirror.

Each to his own.

The most dreadful
gravitation is fear.

(Source: Shape of Time, by Doris Kareva, tr. Tiina Aleman (2010. Original: Aja kuju, 2005)



My metaphysics, my
metamathematics, my
metamusic, my meta-
misery.

The night strikes –
again and again and again.
On the heart’s painstone
a bird sharpens its beak.

(Source: Shape of Time, by Doris Kareva, tr. Tiina Aleman (2010. Original: Aja kuju, 2005)


He who lives in light doesn’t age.
He who belongs in the universe
shares with everyone,
doesn’t wear away.

He is like a rock, that lets
the waves smooth him.
He is like a mirros
on which the sun shines:

light that doesn’t cast a shadow,
fire that doesn’t burn.

(Source: Shape of Time, by Doris Kareva, tr. Tiina Aleman (2010. Original: Aja kuju, 2005)


I listen for hours and hours
to the sea’s only sentence,
wondering,
how that would be written.

(Source: Shape of Time, by Doris Kareva, tr. Tiina Aleman (2010. Original: Aja kuju, 2005)


I don’t know if all roads lead to truth,
but every truth is a road.
The sea is salty from the glad tears
of the rivers, when they meet.

Into that apocalyptic water
I throw all my delusions,
into the clean water dregs of the times,
black pepper into the golden honey.

Suddenly there’s lightness. Suddenly it’s clear.
Everything is still and separate.

(Source: Shape of Time, by Doris Kareva, tr. Tiina Aleman (2010. Original: Aja kuju, 2005)


Emil Nolde. ‘Green Sea’.

About the book

  • ARC Publications, 2010, tr. Tiina Aleman, 142 p. Goodreads
  • First published in 2005
  • Original title: Aja kuju
  • My rating: 3,5 stars
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