Two poems

deadly seriousness

don’t take life
too seriously

i thought —
and immediately

with deadly seriousness
was struck


who needs the view

who needs the view
onto the flavian ampitheatre

included in the price of the room
with the regal bed

in which heart-heavy you fall asleep
with book, glass, and fully dressed

– Leonard Mokrzycki


Mr Mokrzycki was born and lives in Gdańsk, Poland. Poems have appeared in Grenzenlos/Bez Granic and in 2009 the collection SŁOWA PRAWIE NIEUŻYWANE (nearly unused words) was published as a free book.

Translation Miseraestupendacittà together with the poet.


(śmiertelna powaga: nie wolno życia brać/zanadto serio//myślę -/i w tej samej chwili/spada na mnie/śmiertelna powaga)

(cóż po widoku: cóż po widoku/na teatr flawiuszów//wliczonym w cenę pokoju/z królewskim łóżkiem//w którym zasypiasz niechętnie/z książką szklanką i w ubraniu)


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