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from the October 2011 issue: Writing from Iceland

January 19th

19. Janúar

Hildur is seven.

She says
when people die
they lie
motionless
in a coffin
–she shows me
how–forever
in heaven.

She says
she’s preparing herself.

She says she
will pick a
very
comfortable position.

© Sigurbjorg Þrastardottir. By arrangement with the author. Translation © 2011 by T. Zachary Cotler. All rights reserved.

19. Janúar

Hildur er sjö ára.

Hún segir að
þegar fólk deyi
liggi það
hreyfingarlaust í
kistu, svona
– svo sýnir hún mér
hvernig – að eilífu
á himnum.

Hún segist
vera að undirbúa sig.

Hún segist ætla
að velja sér
mjög
þægilega stellingu.

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