Dan Pagis: “Conversation”

pine-tree (Naomi Ibuki)

 CONVERSATION

Four talked about the pine tree.  One defined it by genus, species, and variety.  One assessed its disadvantages for the lumber industry.  One quoted poems about pine trees in many languages.  One took root, stretched out branches, and rustled.

Dan Pagis

Translation by Stephen Mitchell

Photo credit: pine-tree by Naomi Ibuki

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