ONLY A POEM WILL / Poem by Ibrahim Honjo

Poem by Ibrahim Honjo

 

ONLY A POEM WILL

With the news about my disappearance

those will hurry who know me

by blood connections and bad reputation

to put my weak bones to rest

into that tiny place I turned into stone for myself

they will bury everything that reminds them of me

to show how good I was

how loyal and what a friend

and everything else they did not have the strength for

while I was still alive

when they lower me down

they will say how big my branch was

and how many birds were on the branch

how deep my roots were

they will say

I was a wolf

a fox

a bird

a stone

and a fawn

and when that promenade passes

for days they will talk about my life

and the balance on my bank account

they will talk about my solvency

as it were world crises

they will feel sorry for my guarantors

and keep cursing me

only a poem will sob for me

only a poem for me

only a poem

oh poem

Ibrahim Honjo, From my book “Do nor write this down”2006.

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