Old Mountains Want to Turn to Sand

Tommy Olofsson

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for Peter Gärdenfors

I have my roots inside me,
a skein of red threads.
The stones have their roots inside them,
like fine little ferns.

Wrapped around their softness
the stones sleep hard.
For centuries they have rested
under the sun.

Old mountains
want to turn to sand.
They let themselves go
and open up to water.

After centuries of thirst!
Like language -
that great mountain broken up
by our tongues.

We turn language to sand,
immersing the tongue
in a running stream
that moves mountains.

Spinning Ideas, Electronic Essays
Dedicated to Peter Gärdenfors on His Fiftieth Birthday