the heaviest full bodied wine..

People say after it

the worst sadness comes and loneliness

as it resembles in appearance

only with the stupid punctuation marks

after it one can drink nothing

even though the mouth burns,

even though your heart is screaming,

it is the only wine

made to be


one floor above,

like a dead sea

without scrolls


in a hollow bitch

of a chest.

Its voice obliterates you,

it is never a gentle one

and you are most likely

to drown


no having too much drink.

It is the heaviest full bodied wine:

the wine of a friendship that dies

in front of you.

from the new series ‘Voodoo Child’ (2016), author Emanuel Pope

translated by Daniela Bullas