28 June 2006

Charles Simic

[from Charles Simic's Selected Early Poems]

Explorers

They arrive inside
The object at evening.
There's no one to greet them.

The lamps they carry
Cast their shadows
Back into their own minds.

They write in their journals:

The sky and the earth
Are of the same impenetrable color.
If there are rivers and lakes,
They must be under the ground.
Of the marvels we sought, no trace.
Of the strange new stars, nothing.
There's not even wind or dust,
So we must conclude that someone
Passed recently with a broom . . .

As they write, the new world
Gradually stitches
Its black thread into them.

Eventually nothing is left
Except a low whisper,
Which might belong
Either to one of them
Or to someone who came before.

It says: "I'm happy
We are finally all here . . .

Let's make this our home."



4 comments:

  1. Thanks for this!

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  2. translate on the serbian, the language of Charles Simic:
    http://prozaonline.com/?p=1809

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  3. Thank you for the translation!

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