rolf jacobson | truth

15 10 2007

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Poetry Dispatch No. 61 | March 7, 2006

TRUTH by Rolf Jacobsen*

Truth waits outside your door.
Dressed in rags. She is ill.
She has a child in her arm. She wants in.
Do you hear the dogs barking? She is afraid.
What do you do? If you open
it will change your life.

Do you hesitate?
You, too.

from NIGHT OPEN, White Pine Press, 1993

*Rolf Jacobsen, [one of the great Norwegian poets] once said that ‘in an age of tiredness’ he writes ‘for the half-tired—the curious, the wondering, the questioners.’ Norbert Blei

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