perhaps this is how God sees the world:

as the map some concerned recyclist
in the mail order company has saved
for wrapping my books in

clear coastal lines, dots for the ferries,
roads on infrared and no clouds ever over
Torsö, Brommö, Onsö

could God see that it was good
when my parents had assembled me
one crazy frozen night in the month of Jul

between the lakes of Vänern and Vättern
in the pre-war four-star hotel
that I am calling up online?

maps are out
now we have Google Earth
if we need to know from where we come

for example
from this country
of strange sounds like

Torsö, Onsö, Brommö

Elsa Fischer