ON THE LINE MAN – WOMAN AND BACK / Poem by Pavol Janik – Translated into English by James Sutherland Smith

Poem by Pavol Janik
 
 
ON THE LINE MAN – WOMAN AND BACK
 
You escape from me
like gas.
With astonishment I watch
how with a single scrawl of your legs
you ignite your silk dress.
 
With such blinding nakedness you pre-empt sky-blue flame.
 
Blazingly ablaze and perhaps wholly otherwise
I address a fire
which you will no longer damp down.
 
That time I wanted to declare at least what was essential
to all chance passers-by,
to all chance passing aircraft.
 
So under such circumstances who wouldn’t have spoilt it?
 
Translated into English by James Sutherland Smith
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