Sunday, October 16, 2011

the new year - dunya mikhail

The New Year
by Dunya Mikhail (tr. Elizabeth Winslow)

There is a knock at the door.
How disappointing . . .
It is the New Year and not you.

I don't know how to add your absence to my life.
I don't know how to subtract myself from it.
I don't know how to divide it
among the laboratory flasks.

Time stopped at twelve o'clock
and confused the watchmaker.
There were no flaws with the watch.
It was just a matter of the hands
which embraced and forgot the world.

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