Oceans — by Claudia in Austria

    I have a feeling that my boat
has struck, down there in the depths,
against a great thing.
                    And nothing
happens! Nothing…Silence…Waves…

    –Nothing happens? Or has everything happened,
and are we standing now, quietly, in the new life?

by Juan Ramon Jiminez

This happens

this happens again and again

to everyone of us

we run aground, we do a lot to refloat our vessel 

sometimes successfully 

sometimes a deep notch stays in the boat’s hull

this time, there’s nothing to be done, we ran aground 

terribly – awfully – or maybe also finally so

finally forced to a standstill 

finally brought back into the NOW finally HERE

all of us

money, which first was not available, not for the poor, not for health and education, not for the environment, not at all for migrants and not for development cooperation 

money, now pours from the granaries, to refloat our boats

but money alone won’t be enough

we don’t want to board dirty luxury cruisers anymore

don’t want skies with contrails

no longer want thousands to vegetate in camps

want the end of wars and arms trade 

we ran aground 

found ground

grounds for good lives 

Claudia, 59, Austria