Posts Tagged ‘view’

EMPTY CHURCH

六月 23, 2018

Photo by Gudrun Kollegger

 

EMPTY CHURCH

it’s good to sit in an empty church.
you don’t matter here,
your life doesn’t matter.
it’s like when you’re up on a ridge,
you see the mountains far in the distance,
and the valley between.
you can see the whole valley.
somehow this time you see it more clearly
in this empty church.
does this mean you believe?
one time you were up on the roof.
it’s a big church, you can see very far.
you were up there with friends, and with your family.
it was a full moon.
you had a great time, all of you.
they do this only once in a year,
or even less often.
to let people up there.
it’s a big dome.
it’s good to sit in an empty church.
it’s not really empty,
people walk back and forth
once in a while.
if it was empty,
it would be locked.
anyway, it’s big enough,
nobody bothers you.
you believe
you can finish a poem.

MW June 2018

 

Photo by Gudrun Kollegger

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FROM FLORENCE

四月 20, 2018

 

THE VIEW

the view
from the little window
in the staircase
is like a camera.
It’s a little cold.
The picture is magnificent,
but you feel the draft.
You can’t take it with you
wherever you’ll go,
but why would you want to?

MW April 2018, Florence

 

 

MARIA

maria is really very young
at least in the one adoration
and in her coronation by Lippi
14, 15
that’s why the whole story is so preposterous
and so pure and so holy
she doesn’t know what happened at all.

MW April 2018

 

 

FROM FLORENCE

the wine from Florence tastes very good
not a famous wine
just from the organic farmers’ market
in front of Santo Spirito
no label
but just as real as the whole town
and the province
earthy
although this is the city
where modernity comes from
arguably
I wonder if they use wine
in Jewish services
I’m pretty sure they had wine
at the big wedding
commemorated in stone
at the synagogue
a recent wedding
two people from England
they must have local weddings too
a synagogue in full working order
big beautiful free-standing dome
not as big as the Duomo
but standing proud to be seen
from afar
Moorish style,
Byzantine probably
you could say
in the 19th century
of Christian reckoning
it was thought to be safe
to build such a large house of God
in the open
it was the age
of emancipation
modernity failed
Christianity failed
to prevent anything
although some were hidden
although some survived
most synagogues in Europe are gone
discussing religion
atheism whatever
the future of manunkind not
is all very idle
this is where we come from
if there is any we
this building
this city
this country
this wine
if there is
or was any we
this farmer’s wine
this countryside
this city
among many others
is where we are going
you don’t need machines
or hardly any
for this kind of history
you don’t need computers
not really
if there has been
if there can be any we
it is here.
cheers!

MW April 2018

 

 

AUSTRIA SUCKS

七月 25, 2016

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AUSTRIA SUCKS

sit in vienna’s botanical garden.
breathe.
you will feel cool under the trees
in the heat of the summer.
you might hear the traffic
it’s right next to the palace
not the one with the president.
the belvedere, the one with the view.
they signed a contract here.
1955
austria swore to be neutral
and anti-fascist.
yes, it’s in there.
ai weiwei is in the garden.
at least till october.
until the election is over.
our third election in half a year.
austria sucks.
because the fascists have come this far.
are they fascists?
some of them
are neo-nazi-
friendly.
anti-anti-fascist.
this is a wonderful, wonderful place.
very, very safe.
not perfect, no.
not at all.
getting worse.
getting better, maybe.
what are we doing?
what is going to happen?
is it really important?
austria sucks
because the fascists have come this far.
what kind of heart
of europe is this?
breathe.
think about your next election.

MW July 2016

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TULIP – 春樹 Chun Sue

三月 17, 2016

Chun Sue

Chun Sue
TULIP

tulip hangs down
like a penis
are there any softer
things on this world?
this yellow tulip
wants to tell me
a secret
regarding a petal
gently feeling it
this night in march
it arouses
my inner desire

what can’t be erased
so skinny before
at this point in life
I am a human
feeling how humans
first come to this world

3/12/16
Tr. MW, March 2016

《郁金香》
春樹

郁金香的花垂下
犹如阴茎
这个世界还有更温柔的
东西吗?
这朵黄色的郁金香
似乎在跟我诉说
一个秘密
凝视它的花瓣
轻轻地抚摸它
在这个三月的夜晚
它勾起我
焚心的烈火

抹不去的
曾经的瘦
在此时此刻
一个人类的我
正怀念着人类
初生的时刻

2016,3,12

杜甫

九月 9, 2011

杜甫

絕句四首(選一)

兩個黄鹂鳴翠柳,
一行白鷺上青天。
窗含西岭千秋雪,
門泊東吴万里船。

Du Fu (712-770)
Short impressions (one of four poems, four lines each)

(three)

two orioles calling from willows,
one file of egrets up to the blue.
ranges of snow caught from my window,
docked at our gate is a passage to wu.

MW Tr. Sept. 2011

Photo by Angelika Burgsteiner


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