Facts

facts are fragile,
they must be protected
from bad weather conditions,
bad memory, bad language,
drunkenness, and the rats,
running over the bathroom floor

facts consist of things,
and the relations between them,
when they break, reality breaks

facts are fragile,
reality is the totality of facts,
but relations are weak,
and most things are of bad quality,
when they break, the facts break

facts are fragile,
language gives them shelter,
but within language,
there is another language,
that silently waits
for a crack to appear,

it has no floor,
no walls, no roof,
nothing to remember,

nothing to protect.

--
Published in Matousch, editors Jens Soneryd and Stephen Truax, Kalejdoskop förlag (2015).

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