Ida Börjel - **

lived time, lived place
that memory forces into present tense
sketched in moonlight through the gate
in filmy sunlight through the gates
a mother was, a mother’s echo
the universe expands
the universe expands
testing, forcing, orating
through the gates in the Japanese character
for passively utilized surface, negative space
the conditional emptiness
is not emptied; that something, through
the hazy sunlight spells Ma

Translated by Jennifer Hayashida