Saturday, September 2, 2017

SUATU PETANG DI SUDUT SASTERA, KINOKUNIYA

IMPOSSIBLE FRIENDSHIPS
BY ADAM ZAKAJEWSKI

Translated by Clare Cavanagh



For example, with someone no longer is,
who exist only in yellowed letters.

Or long walks beside a stream,
whose depths hold hidden

porcelain cups - and the talks about philosophy
with a timid student or a postman.

A passerby with proud eyes
whom you'll never know.

Friendship with this world, ever more perfect
(If not for a salty of blood).

The old man sipping coffee
in St. Lazare, who reminds you of someone.

Faces flashing by
in local trains -

the happy faces of traveler headed perhaps
for a splendid ball, or a beheading.

And friendship with yourself-
since after all you don't know who you are.

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