It won't work out this way
It won't work out this way,
by Maya Sarishvili
Even if you tip over a whole forest,
You won't be able to find a single root anywhere.
The universe, when not fixed to the earth,
Is like a terrible dream.
Towns just lie about on the asphalt,
Seas are turned rigid
Wherever the earth topples over
And drift off afar -
Like colossal razors,
They slide uncontrollably.
And how eagerly all of us,
One by one,
Strip the old-fashioned veins from our bodies -
And very soon
Even the bees can't sting any more
Our porcelain children, which are meant to be set out
On the grand pianos.
Translation: 2007, Donald Rayfield