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A Jazz Poem

- a solo nijuin renku -

English version by Liviu Martinescu

entrance to an underground
crowds in winter's clouds
and an atomic clock to boot

          the first snowflakes on
          the punching bag in the yard

the jazz poem
the town is creeping into
the golden scale

          enormous through teardrops
          the whitewashed houses

symphonic white
out of scores of thunderbolts
some leaves on the moon

          "and thus she sleeps awake
           long after she's got up"

the motorcycle
that's carrying them entwined
is curbing the hour

          raceless race-course
          the loneliness of no-horses

the streets sweat out
in the glove of speed
no time for tomorow

           seven doves go clink
           against the rosetta of the cathedral

the pollen at night
migrates into saints' bodies
as well as violins

           the lark's feathers
           made iridescent by the moonshine

circling the deserted
merry-go-rounds the glider
a whirl of silences

          only balmy tree-branches
          breeze here not whispers

each body
leaks out its own time
two abysses

         dark rails
         pulsating under streetcars

yellow saxophone
toward the super-yellow sky
it's me in there in the sound

         the concert eroticized
         new swallow nests

the raw soil blooming
among cherrytrees
beyond the wall

         in the shadow of the piano
         the spring bread

Copyright © Constantin Severin

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  1. Date: 10/24/2011 6:40:00 AM
    I am so happy to see the Soup back up and thrilled to be able to read your wonderful poetry Constantin. May you have an exciting week filled with new found inspiration. Love, Carol