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Africká noc

Африканская ночь

Přišla půlnoc. Neprostupné temno.
V řece jenom odraz měsíce.
Za řekou je hlučno jako ve dne,

šumí tábor, hoří hranice.

Komu budou patřit zítra z rána

tato místa? Jim anebo nám?
Jim pomáhá v boji černý kámen,

a nám zlatý křížek — talisman.

Obcházím zas pahorky i jámy,

věci zde — tam muly postavím.
V tomto divném kraji na Sidamo

není stromů, nedaří se jím,

Radost pomyslit: Když zvítězíme,

— málokdo nám dosud odolal —

cesta, která jako had se vine

po pahorcích, rozběhne se dál.

Jestli zítra dravé vlny Uebi

poslední můj vzdech snad zachytí,

mrtev uzřím ohnivého boha
s černým bohem v nebi válčiti.

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Sixth Sense

Fine the wine that loves us, / Good bread baked for our sakes / And the women who torment and tease / Yet please us and in the end let us take them. / / But what do we do with the red / Hue of sunset that lets the sky grow cold / With blue in a still, strange serenity? / What to do ...

The Streetcar That Lost Its Way

While walking down a strange street / I suddenly heard the cawing of crows, / Distant thunder, and the tones of a lute - / Here came a streetcar flying past. / / How I managed to leap to its step / Is beyond me - even in the bright / Daylight it spewed behind itself / In the atmosph...


So this is all of life! Whirling, singing. / Oceans, metropolises, deserts, / A desultory reflection / Of what is lost forever. / / A flame rages, trumpets trumpet, / And chesnut-colored horses race, / Then the agitating lips / Of happiness, it seems repeat. / / And sorrow and ...

A Baby Elephant

Right now my love for you is a baby elephant / Born in Berlin or in Paris, / And treading with its cushioned feet / Around the zoo director's house. / / Do not offer it French pastries, / Do not offer it cabbage heads, / It can eat only sections of tangerines, / Or lumps of sugar an...


In the old days, when God cast down / His gaze upon the just created earth, / Words stopped the sun, / Words tore down whole towns. / / The terror-striken stars / huddled round the moon / When words, like pink flaming tongues / Floated down through air. / / The lower levels of ...

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...