Friday, December 19, 2008


For my mother

October 22, 1915 - December 20, 2003
Thank you.

For Winter Solstice


And I think over again
my small adventures
when with a shore wind
I drifted out in my kayak
and thought myself in danger.

My fears,
those small ones
that I thought so big,
for all the vital things
I had to get to and to reach.

And yet, there is only one great thing,
the only thing:
to live to see
in huts and on journeys
the great day that dawns,
and the light that fills the world.

-- from the Kitlinguiharmiut (Copper Inuit), NW Territories
Recorded and translated by Knud Rasmussen in 
The Report of the Fifth Thule Expedition, 1921-1924

I'm gone.

Image sources here, here, and here.