Vasko Popa

(1922 - 1991 / Vojvodina / Serbia)

Far Within Us #2 - Poem by Vasko Popa

Look here's that uninvited
Alien presence look it's here

A shudder on the ocean of tea in the cup
Rust taking hold
On the edges of our laughter
A snake coiled in the depths of the mirror

Will I be able to hide you
From your face in mine

Look it's the third shadow
On our imagined walk
Unexpected abyss
Between our words
Hoofs clattering
Below the vaults of our palates

Will I be able
On this unrest-field
To raise you a tent of my hands

Trans. by Anne Pennington

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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