Sunday, March 20, 2011

the gifts - miltos sahtouris

The Gifts
by Miltos Sahtouris (tr. Kimon Friar)

Today I wore a
warm red blood
today men love me
a woman smiled at me
a girl gave me a seashell
a boy gave me a hammer

Today I kneel on the sidewalk
and nail the naked white feet of the passers-by
to the pavement tiles
they are all in tears
but no one is frightened
all remain in the places to which I had come in time
they are all in tears
but they gaze at the celestial advertisements
and at a beggar who sells hot cross buns
in the sky

Two men whisper
what is he doing  is he nailing our hearts?
yes he is nailing our hearts
well then he is a poet

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