Lives Journal 2

Milena Merlak

 

ASHES IN THE EYES

 

 

I.

 

The rose-colored fire

of the setting sun

is pierced by a black arrow

as it falls into the abyss

between the mountains.

 

Light expires

in the violet incense of night.

 

Blood-colored clouds

encircle the orange heavens

like shrieking vultures.

 

Extinction casts ashes in the eyes.

 

 

II.

 

We've lost the orange sky.

 

Night is the enemy

that carries the sun's ashes,

the dead heart of day,

in its black breast.

 

The vestal virgin of eternal fire

crumbles to dust

in front of the dead sun.

 

Night has no living torch

with which it could wake

the dead goddess of life.

 

 

 

Translated from Slovenian by Herbert Kuhner

 

 

 

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