Du lever – Hans Børli


Du rusler gjennom skogen,
med sol på hendene dine
som varmen av blyge kjærtegn.
Da trår du på en kongle på stien,
kjenner det mjuke trykket av den
gjennom sålen på skoen din.

En liten hendelse, «så» liten at den nesten er ingenting.
Men vær hos den
med hele ditt menneske.
For det hender deg på jorden dette.
Du lever. Lever. 
– Hans Børli

My translation 🙂

“While strolling in the woods
with the sun shining on your hands
like the warmth of a shy caress,
you step on a pine cone on the trail
and feel its softness
through the sole of your shoe.

A small incident, ‘so’ small that it is almost nothing.
But, let it happen
with everyone you know.
For it happened to you in this world.
You are alive. Still alive.”





Painful Grateful

If everyone got what they deserved,
the world would be a different place
it could be better
it could be worse
but it would be different, that’s for sure

some say, if you hang on, you might see the truth
don’t stop trying, never quit
some say, if you move along, you might find your way
don’t try too much in vain
well I wonder, if everyone got what they wanted
would they ever be satisfied with what they’d have?

i just believe that every person has
so much pain inside that
you’d never imagine that he’d ever laughed
that’s it
if you search for pain,
it comes to you
if you keep looking,
you’ll see it in you,
and everyone around you

me – it narrows down the world
lets me concentrate
happiness (as i look for it) has kept on spoiling me – constantly
it gives me too many options
gives me a sense of a fake pride
keeps me confused
pain, it gives me just one reason – life.

Beauty Awakes

The sun dances in the sky
after the long cold winter
and he doesn’t want to go

the earth is waking up
with a new look
and how beautiful she looks

the more he looks at her
the more beautiful she gets
and he doesn’t want to go

such is spring after winter
here in Norway
and i don’t want to go

the more i look at her
the better she gets everyday
and i can relate

is it ‘coz i admire her
that she’s getting beautiful?
i’ll never know
but for now,
i don’t want to go!

Honesty is the new ‘stupidity’

we are so much used to lies
in each and every moment of our lives
that it hurts each time
we hear the truth

if i am late,
i cannot say i was lazy
u’d probably like it
the other way
so i’d rather say
something came up
something more “important”

if you offer me
something to do
i cannot say
i don’t want to
u’d feel better
if i say
i’m workin on something else
something more “important”

so i always end up
doing this something else
this something more important
which means nothing to me
which just makes me a little more afraid
a little more guilty
a little more sad

if only i could sleep,
till 11 in the morning
and tell you that i slept over
instead of feeling bad the whole day

if only i could just sit
doing nothing
and not do what u ‘want’ me to

can i be honest and
not make u feel bad?


one by one i tried,
taking out the pieces
that i had in my life,

one by one i watched
them leave,searching for more to
give me relief,

one by one, i peeled
them off,just to find out which
one hurt the most,

now running after them,
begging them to return,
now crying in pain,with my tears,
trying to heal my wounds…
i’m alone!
i flew above, so high,
i’m starting to miss the ground!

From the pages – Searching…

Can you explain why you feel sad? Can you ever know what makes you feel down? Everything can’t be the way you want them to be, everyone can’t be what you expect them to be. And this truth that you can’t seem to understand, governs you unquestionably!

What does it take to be liked by everyone? Why can’t we shake this feeling off? The little we have, is enough! But the necessity, that we feel, to make everyone understand – this drags us deeper into this emotional void. Do we need to understand everything? Do we really need to possess what we like?

Attraction is a mere alteration of perception! Look the other way and you’ll find beauty fade away. The truth to life – is it ignorance? What does wisdom have to offer us? The fact that nothing is permanent? The knowledge we get, then must be a lie as time passes by.

Fighting with yourself is a tough job. Have you ever wondered what it would have been like, if you had surrendered to yourself? Or, if you had surrendered to the expectations laden upon you slowly, successfully, until you fall down painfully onto your knees? Didn’t you desire to be free? Is this your destiny?

There are not many lives you can understand. This is what nature is – hard to understand, harder to explain! There are not many lives that understand you. Have you ever felt an extreme loss? The kind that peels your heart out and everything else seems to be worthless, every major wound feels painless? i have been searching with all my heart, i’ve been looking into all them eyes – that can bring me into this again!


May 16, 2008