Lives Journal 2

Lev Detela

 

AN ELEPHANT

 

 

An Elephant

 

 

A circus elephant does acrobatics,

       a Viennese elephant, the audience's favorite,

      big-eared elephant on the trapeze,

a monstrous         elephant whose strength

   increases,

an elephant           as fat than the greatest whale,

an elephant           larger than the world,

an elephant           with compassionate eyes,

an elephant that survives our time.

 

 

 

 

Caves

 

Great caves

swallow wide valleys.

At night bears stand in front of them

and stare at you with burning eyes. 

The caves yawn in the darkness

but don't offer shelter in storms

since the bears lurk at their mouths

looking for prey in the night. 

The world is distorted by caves. 

Everyone is a prisoner

in his own cave.

 

 

 

Translated from Slovenian by Herbert Kuhner

 

 

 

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