Pavol Janik

(1956 / Bratislava)

Astonishment - Poem by Pavol Janik

I stretch out the water
in which you are reflected.
With a shout to stop
all possible outflows.
I address you by breath
such release of speech.
Until you are glassy with ice before me
as before a draught.
Tirelessly you quiver under the numb surface
and on the bottom for a moment gleam
so that I glimpse the day,
which will only light up in you.

(1981)


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 17, 2015



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