Vladimír Holan: “But”

Dead Sea Sunset (col.hou--detail)

BUT

The god of song and laughter long ago
shut the doors of eternity behind him.
Since then only at times
a dying memory echoes in us.
And since then only the pain
is never life size,
it is always larger than man
and yet must lodge within his heart.

Vladimír Holan 

Translation from the Czech by Ian & Jarmila Milner

Image: detail from Dead Sea Sunset by col.hou

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~ by matt on 27 May 2009.

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