Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Scene: Casa de Dalí

[Enter: two poets. Jerzy Harasymowicz leans with full weight on the arm of Czeslaw Milosz. Salvador Dalí looks amused.]

"Women with Flower Heads Finding the Skin of a Grand Piano on the Beach"

"A Green Lowland of Pianos"

in the evening
as far as the eye can see
herds of black pianos

up to their knees
in the mire
they listen to the frogs

they gurgle in water
with chords of rapture

they are entranced by froggish, moonish spontaneity

after the vacation
they cause scandals
in a concert hall
during the artistic milking
suddenly they lie down
like cows

looking with indifference
at the white flowers
of the audience

at the gesticulating
of the ushers

--translated by Milosz


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