Getting Used to the Light


There’s November in everything, cold
air affixing to tough skin


like curious fingers.
Each evening is a small defeat, a poem


never to be written.
My body started speaking


French. I can hardly understand it,
I can’t catch up with it at all and have no idea


where my words are going.
That’s why I want to start this poem all over,


I want to grab it and do with it
what I do with your body –


but a poem doesn’t always lie before a man
as full and naked as a woman.


Without any sleepiness I sleep
like a shadow under a tree,


the roots intertwining beneath me,
and there, left forgotten on a branch,


an apple. Its persistence is
yellow and senseless.


Here, there is no love – in a poem
a woman can’t be easily exchanged.




The Sun is Shining Above Europe


I’m still walking on damp sand
flat-footedly pressing upon the history


of the sea. Clouds are shedding from my body.
The day already fuller than usual


and the light lets its petals
fall all over your neck.


Previously I saw people carrying
thick bouquets of leeks, big as a meter.


Now the cold is spilling over the city
and outside on the doorknob


hangs a bag with two leeks,
upright and more ordinary in size,


while on the shellfish ever less visible
pearls are forming – towards the end of the year


everything returns to its usual routine.
Neglected thoughts are arching


through me, the city walking on me,
wrapped in a woman’s hair for a scarf.


I’d forgotten everything about this poem.
At times, the hand that softly holds us


suspended in air, shakes us like salt.
Of all the lives I don’t live, this one


is the best.



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