you may take this house as an outpost

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you may take this house as an outpost
of my conscious being for example
in the nooks and crannies creatures
scurry without an eyelash between them I tried
to track them for ages but could not capture
things which slipped so swiftly by
forced to squint continually perhaps it was a trick perhaps
I lacked equipment I wanted to get a grasp
but was in no position to develop the habit
of being a bee spider mouse this house
has no brows beneath which I might withdraw
blinking what would I then know
of that concocted cat
had I the nose of a rat

 

Original © Daniela Seel
Translation © Steph Morris