Lives Journal 1

Lev Detela

 

THE BODY SEVERED FROM THE SOUL 

 

 

THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE

 

(After Edgar Allan Poe)

 

Crazed apes break their chains.

The lights are extinguished.

Jungle cries illuminate the night.

The stars fly toward church spires.

Crosses and weather vanes glow gruesomely.

Lightning suddenly strikes.

Everything goes up in flames.

 

The bells are still ringing

and the cathedrals still burning.

Apes from Africa are performing

magical rites.

 

The chief ape sharpens his razor.

The windows are open.

There is tropical heat.

 

A maddening pealing of bells

comes from the last room.

The chief ape sneaks down the hall.

Everyone lies in bed with his throat slit.

The blood-covered blade of the chief ape

glows with fire.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BODY SEVERED FROM THE SOUL

 

In the evening the head

frees itself from the neck.

Blood trickles down.

The body has been severed from the soul.

The decapitated head

tosses and turns in bed.

It's impossible

to stop its dance.

There's an uncanny glow in the eyes

as if thoughts were racing through the brain.

The body has long been dead,

but the head continues its activity.

Blood trickles down

since the body has been severed from the soul.

 

 

 

Translated from Slovenian by Herbert Kuhner

 

 

 

 

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