Lives Journal 2

Lev Detela





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


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.







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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