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  • You enter the new language
    reluctantly
    The landscape is unfamiliar

    Assuming you must be a word
    in the greater context,
    you fail to realize that you are still only a cluster
    of symbols
    not yet put together
    looking for someone to hook up with
    as if the others could provide you with a meaning


    At thirtyseven
    you have conquered the unfamiliar landscape
    You fully master the alphabet of socializing
    You are part of a structure
    that makes sense

    Still, you feel like something got lost
    in translation
    as if all the words didn’t make it
    as if there are gaps in your sentences
    Wide open spaces

    As if parts of your life have been summed up
    in Braille writing
    like a negative of comprehensible language
    only to be read in the dark


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    du går nølende ut i det nye språket
    et fremmed landskap

    du tror du må være et ord i den store sammenhengen
    men ennå er du ikke mer enn et knippe symboler
    ennå er du ikke satt sammen

    du leter etter noen å hekte deg på
    som om de andre kan tilføre deg en betydning

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