On three subjects one should speak today slowly and softly
Peace ought not be frightened by anyone and Death not to be hurried up
the wine of life is required from now on
to be drunk elsewhere
farther away from a land that blends everything
in a mass of shame and misunderstanding
so a thousand galleons would sail at sea
tomorrow it would all sink and none will
return
… so heavy it is!

Of course over there are
at least a thousand of perils and a thousand predators
of life
and through their huge fangs raising like vertebrae
stainless steeled
of some rocks from the sea
only kamikaze
may get auspicious
of a fulfilling quest…
and if not in air, nor in water
then where to find a place
this Human Spirit on its Great Crossing
rebuffed by the World?
.
On three subjects one should speak slowly and softly
Peace ought not be frightened and Death not to be hurried up by anyone
trust that today you will lay on a rock
under a Humanly sun who will be the first to gather
its tears?
and yet through villages quenched by sea
weary fishermen bring once again the night
with seaweed and fish amongst their nets
snatches of poems caught in the teeth
all chatting about those who perish
on faraway waters drinking the heavy wine of life
polishing its fall and death
with finesse and zeal
thinking of its peers
constantly
so the Human Friendship will not…

from the new series ‘Voodoo Child’ (2016)

translated by Daniela Bullas

photo by Mădălina Grama -Toma