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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 17 | volume III | October-November, 2000



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                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 17October-November, 2000
Poetry

Selected poetry from some of the participants at the poetry festival “Vilenica 2000”

Translated by: the author and Phillis Levin


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Istvan Voros

Let’s Count
History Recharged
Torso at Dawn
Mouse, Dog, Chicken

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History Recharged

We get food free of charge,
and we work free of charge.
Everything else is a question
of habit. Our hair is cut
for free, the barber smiles
and asks about my son.
It is possible to get
a free book at a bookstore,
and return it for free to another
if we are bored. They don’t want
any money for a tram ticket.
If we are in trouble,
we can leave a wedding ring
in an ill-lit room, to be stored
free of charge for safe-keeping.
And then for a while the current
will flow free of charge.

I am sitting before the TV,
slippers on my feet, my hand
on the telephone, ready to lift
the receiver before it rings.
Now important things
start to happen. The toaster
smokes, an icicle
falls into a flowerbox. Spring,
that pompous garbageman,
is coming. I can see him
behind the screen
until he fogs it with his breath.
There is no other news
worth reporting.






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