a true Danish story
This is the land lot,
while the vegetation around – the only surviving mark
of the house that succumbed once the man did.
Every time he headed to and back from the seas,
the Viking descendant left and returned to his abode
surrounded on every side by trees as high
as his giant build.
One night, alas, he couldn’t make it back,
abandoning home all on its own – first time ever!
All that the following morning witnessed
was a catacomb
of roof and walls and trees flattened aground,
and a flock of seagulls paying their last respects
up in that patch of a mournful sky.
Copenhagen, fall of 2016
English Translation by Arben P. Latifi