the    train   is   a   dashing    arrow 
 over               the              sea. 
                                     
                                    
                                     
 look   closer    -   it's   not   water. 
                                    
                                  
                                    
 the lowland which was  once  the midriff 
 of  sweden.  the  salt  flats  span  for 
 hundreds  of miles.  from  a narrow line 
 of  hills  the train lowers  itself onto 
 the  crystals and  shoots north,  like a 
 syringe       into       a       baloon. 
                                  
                                
                                  
                                
                                  
 they  call it  the "mandelbrot  crater", 
 and it is the rest of a mining disaster. 
                                    
                                   
                                    
 sun  hits  the four-railed  track, as it 
 fractures  into  villages or past  them. 
 the  people  here  are  pale  but crisp, 
 reflections   of    some   other   world 
                                     
                                    
                                     
 they always seem a bit annoyed  that you 
 are   manifesting  them  into   physical 
 form.  like  if you weren't  here,  they 
 would  be  nothing  more  than  the  sun 
 against           the           platform