Two poems

deadly seriousness

don’t take life
too seriously

i thought —
and immediately

with deadly seriousness
was struck

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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

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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.

http://mehibezeder.com/pesodellaparola.pdf

Translation Miseraestupendacittà together with the poet.

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(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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