Wednesday, March 14, 2007

i min favn

"Favn" is a Danish word, closely related to the English word "fathom" in root and meaning. In both languages, it can refer to a measure of distance, of nautical depth -- as in "full fathom five thy father lies."

How far is a fathom? Well, originally, it measured the span of a man's outstretched arms, from fingertip to fingertip. In Danish, "favn" still has this meaning and "i min favn" translates to "in my embrace" or "in my arms."

So, i min favn is exactly where the twins are not. And that fact is, well, unfathomable, beyond any human understanding.

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