for a young friend

Gustaf Munch-Petersen: Naked Human

words –

it is the dummy the baby gets, so it doesn’t scream –

words –

it is the whore for those, whom nobody loves –

it is the chair of the old man –


do not make crumbs of the fresh bread of life,

to be thrown to the ruffled birds of the future –

bare your teeth and bite into it –

take large mouthfuls,

and thank again –


let the hard, salty nails of the sea tear

at your skin,

that you may feel

the glowing sun of life –