April 17th, 2008

poetry, exceptindreams

183: Stargazer's Death

an excerpt from
“Stargazer’s Death”
Vasko Popa

He had to die they say
Stars were closer to him
Even than people

The ants ate him they say
He fancied stars give birth to ants
And ants to stars
So he filled his house with ants

His celestial debauches
Cost him his head they say
And that silly rumor about a dagger
With human fingerprints

He found himself out of this world
They say he went to find a sunflower
In which every heart’s every star’s
Road comes together

He had to die they say

translated from the Serbian by Charles Simic