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  • Friend! What warmth the sound of this word
    the canvas is so where it’s written.
    Venn! I say it back to you!

    But hear me! Heroic nothing here is found
    nor brave the solitary on his own. Resolute yes,
    dancing time the very best he knows.

    Sworn to the task (that prize is worth it)
    hero of his tale. ‘Not easy securing’,
    says a friend of mine:

    ‘a small treasure behind the eyes,
    a handful recognize’.

    Let it be Bergen then
    within the year,
    boyish bravado
    no way to talk to you.

    Don’t! says he, be a spoiler
    of what is perfectly unspun
    Leave then, well-enough alone,
    lovely is her name.

    Perhaps she might help me though
    learn the language most of all,
    point to a digs to work from
    some clients to furnish the space.

    Help me get set up for winter
    behind the brevity of fall.

    Give me time & I’ll sing it in Norse:

    ‘Bring me meat from the forest
    bring me fish from the sea,
    put green & the blue together
    on a table in front of me.

    Bring me kjøtt fra skogen
    Bring me fisk fra havet
    Sett den grønne og den blå sammen
    På et bord foran meg

    Bring me meat from the forest
    bring me fish from the sea
    put a mountain round an ocean
    on a table in front of me.

    Bring me kjøtt fra skogen
    Bring me fisk fra havet
    Sette et fjell rundt et hav
    På et bord foran meg'

    Two-years-to-carve-a-corner
    four walls to surround it all.
    To-år-for-å-skaffe-seg-en-corner
    Fire vegger for å omgi det hele.

    Perhaps that is the way I will go.
    Kanskje det er slik jeg vil gå.
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