Beyond the Helplessness Principle
Something will occur and at once it will be found
among other occurrences I know
that the heaviest dreams are only an illusion
I know it from experience I see my own
experience now that it is over
Of course it is still alive statistical
Who’s ashamed for having written about God?
God no longer has that letter: he tears up our requests.
Penetrates our diaries and kindly erases
confessions dictated by youth and naïve faith.
He could be more tenacious — L. says about God.
Let him be rather more like us — what a foolish human dream.
The Deer Hunters
Come, dear friend, we shall save something
for posterity. What is your opinion
of this gentleman urinating in the alley
that we have so many memories of?
I shall tell him that it is not nice
and you at the same time shall catch him
good. Just like that! Hold
The box on the table has begun to think.
Thinking beyond me.
Or is it just my imagination?
Of course not. It is. Meditating behind my back.
I don’t see it. How do I know it is thinking?
This thought has just occurred to me.
It’s only coffee, as you can see,
spilt on the table. So ostentatious
in its attempt to imitate the classic test,
I know why I regard your foot,
it holds up your body, and your body holds me up.
Since something is wrong with my body,
dead “but” it rocks itself
in a wicker cage and falls into a trance
and whispers: prickly pear, thorns of roses, death
Nothing for it these days but Lipton tea with
chapbooks by Bohdan Zadura or practicing elocution
in front of the brown mirror.
At the bus stop, blowing your nose straight into
the trash, holding one nostril,
and in the Czech manner mixing up the bus numbers,
Night yelps Day burns
Some kind of later whence
Under a heavy eyelid
On a bone-chilled beach
A delicious afternoon
Ready for the road
The wave waits
Mineral Waterfor Tadeusz Różewicz
YOU LIVE WITHOUT GOD FOR THERE IS NO GOD
THEY TOOK GOD FROM US GOD’S BLOOD IS FLOWING
YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD BECAUSE OF GOD
FOR THERE IS NO GOD HAS ANYONE SEEN GOD?
PRAY TO OUR GOD THE TERRIBLE GOD
THEY MURDERED OUR GOD YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD
BRING BACK OUR GOD! WE WANT OUR GOD!