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Sloní mládě

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Má láska k tobě teď — je sloní mládě,
— Berlín či Paříž rodištěm mu byly —

a svými chodidly jak z vaty cupe

si po pokojích majitele cirku.

Ach, nedávej mu makových těch housek,

ach, nedávej mu celé hlávky zelí:

on může sníst jen srpek mandarinky

a malý bonbon nebo kousek cukru.

A neplač, milá, že ho v těsné kleci

pro posměch davu do zvěřince dají,

a příručí za smíchu midinetek

mu pod nos pouští dým své cigarety.

Nemysli, milá, že snad přijde chvíle,

kdy rozzuří se, pouta svoje strhá,

a do ulic jak autobus se vřítí,

by zdrtil vše, co s nářkem před ním prchá.

Ach ne, ať zjeví se ti ve snu zrána

v brokátu, mědi, se pštrosími pery

jak ten, co k Říma branám rozechvělým

vznešeně, hrdě nesl Hannibala.

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On that faraway star, upon Venus...

On that faraway star, upon Venus, / Where the Sun burns golden and brightly. / And on Venus, ah... upon Venus, / The blue leaves of trees they waft lightly. / / And loudly the waters they sing / The river, the fountain, the fall / Their noon song of freedom they ring / That lights u...

A dream

I woke up and moaned with a shudder, / My nightmare haunts me again: / You were still in love with another, / And he caused you anguish and pain. / / I escaped my house in the darkness - / Thus a killer runs from a block, / Watched and mocked by shadowy lanterns - / Hungry wild beas...

You will recall me

You will recall me - likely, more than once, / And you'll recall my world, both strange and dreamy, / The funny world where songs and fires dance, / And yet - the only one that's not deceiving. / / It could have been your chosen world as well. / Perhaps it was too much for you, too litt...

The Cross

Card after card lied to me, lied and lied, / and even wine no longer helped. / Cold March stars hung pale, / anxious, outside the window. / / Coldly mad, in crazy passion, / I felt the game was dream. / "I bet everything in the bank, all of it!" I shouted. / And I lost. / / I l...

Thoughts

They have crowded around me - why? - like thieves / in the dark, in the quiet suburban dark. / Like sinister hawks, like sullen hawks, / they have come for some cruel vengeance. / / Hope left. Dream ran. / Anxiety pried open my eyes / and as though on a ghostly slate / I read my wor...

A Ballad

Lucifer my friend gave me five horses / and one gold ruby ring, / for me to go down, down into the ground, / for me to see the sky's young face. / / My horses beat their hooves, snorted, begged / to gallop like birds all over the earth, / and I believed the sun's light burned for me, ...