Farewell letter

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Farewell Letter
Margareta Renberg

He wanted the lines
in the palm of her hand
but none
of its skin.
He wanted
the arch of her eyebrow
but not one of its hairs.

She tired of longing
to be touched
most starkly
when she touched him.

From the airport
she mailed the letter
with fingernail clippings
dandruff and hair
stuck in the bristles.

“I don’t understand,”
he said.
“I asked for so
little. Almost nothing.”)

Original

Avskedsbrevet

Han ville äga linjerna
i hennes handflata
men ingenting
av handens hud.
Han ville äga
hennes ögonbrynsbåge
men inte ett enda
av ögonbrynets hårstrån.

Hon tröttnade på längtan
efter beröring
starkast
då hon vidrörde honom.

Från flygplatsen
postade hon brevet
med avklippta nagelbitar
mjäll och hårstrån
som fastnat i borsten.

“Det här kan jag inte
förstå,” sade han.
“Jag bad om så
lite. Nästan ingenting.”

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