Jan Lauwereyns - LIFE SALT OF OKINAWA

We aimed at keeping you like you were
in the ocean.
A hilly island rose from the breaking,
shattered, our world was small and remote
in the dancing shadows.
We collected all the seawater, and you naturally formed
with the richest minerals
when everything finally evaporated.

The water clock dripped,
the sun studied your timespots.
The labyrinth, attention,
is nothing but a way to carry
this body from one word to the next.

How the heel rises!
How the ankle bends!

Unseen you changed into something entirely other
than what we knew.
It is precisely because we receive you
every day that the heart beats a constant.