Tuesday, June 26, 2012

One Blushing Slaughterhouse

from Mr. Cogito on Virtue
By Zbigniew Herbert


It is not at all strange
she isn't the bride
of real men

of generals
athletes of power

for centuries she has stalked them
that whimpering old maid
in her hideous Salvation Army hat


but all around glorious life runs riot
blushing like a slaughterhouse at dawn

she becomes smaller and smaller
like a hair in the throat
like a buzzing in the ear


my God
if she were a little younger
a little prettier...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Two Long Days

I asked for a long life, I received four days
Two passed in desire, two in waiting.

--Bahadur Shah Zafar

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

One Ignored Insight

What it is 
By Eric Fried

It is madness
says reason
It is what it is
says love

It is unhappiness
says caution
It is nothing but pain
says fear
It has no future
says insight
It is what it is
says love

It is ridiculous
says pride
It is foolish
says caution
It is impossible
says experience
It is what it is
says love

~Translated by Stuart Hood