The Under Secretary leans forward and draws an X
and her ear-drops dangle like swords of Damocles.
As a mottled butterfly is invisible against the ground
so the demon merges with the opened newspaper.
A helmet worn by no one has taken power.
The mother-turtle flees flying under the water.
translated by Robin Fulton
'New and Collected Poems', 1997, Bloodaxe Books
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem