City Of Mercury

Poem By Laurynas Katkus

The road happened to be boggy.
Cars drove by, splashing mud and light.
Below us loomed the blue city of mercury.
Tin and water rusted in its twilight.
We sat down to rest, shook dust
from our sandals, ate bacon and bread.

Me perched on a roadside post.
Tomas on his suitcase.
Marija- - reclining sideways(it is not yet begun, Lord- -
she's curled like a snail).

From the squares and taverns
the rumble of demons.

Refreshed we rose, spread the banner,
and singing our first hymns, started to descend into the valley.

Translated by Kerry Shawn Keys

Comments about City Of Mercury

There is no comment submitted by members.

Rating Card

5 out of 5
0 total ratings

Other poems of KATKUS

And so I live

And so I live with cobwebs and ficuses,
dictionaries, comic strips, and a heart
which taps at the outskirts of night

Bread 1972

It smells of gas and ferment.
Obliquely across the pavement,
Vans: oblique letters,
red teats on the underbelly.

Once again I pace

Ich war alt wie ein Rauch
Johannes Bobrowski

once again I pace around the photos on the piano

On The Sixth Floor (Mažvydas Library)

An elevator, murmuring quietly,
Lifts us into a sky of books.
Eyes closed, you twist your hair around your finger:
Slumber is a soft and warm cocoon.


Yo! Wind tore off the door.
Ah, a car, in snow.

Blue evening light,
beginning of Winter.