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WE REACHED OUR FINAL DESTINATION

Seeing a city well known through the lens of a first time visitor, in symbiosis with poems by Inga Pizāne.

PHOTOS JĀNIS KATLAPS
POETRY INGA PIZĀNE
TRANSLATION JAYDE WILL

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From I don’t know you
to I know you better than myself
we traveled far and wide.

Until we reached our final destination.

Then we traveled back
even farther and wider
from I know you better than myself
to I don’t know you at all.

The road is weary
of standing in place
My feet are the last to fall asleep
and all the streets, I went along,
fall asleep in me.

Will the road travelled today,
become the light
when I awaken?

I am learning the city
I am searching for addresses and myself
I am learning the sea
the sea already knew
why I was coming
to be silent with it

I am learning to give names to the stray cats
I am learning to give spring a chance
I am learning to forgive winter
(winter, you are forgiven!)

I am learning to live without
big shops and googlemaps
(googlemaps doesn’t help you to find the way to yourself)

Iamlearningtolessenthedistancebetweenus
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