The Cruel Response

You told me that
I should have slain
at least two of these four children,
but I couldn't choose which ones…
And meanwhile, they've grown up.
They can protect themselves now.
You can no longer kill them easily.
If I had only one,
I would have kissed her four times
and nobody would have told her
of those who died for the other three kisses.
I behaved unwisely,
couldn't dig out my children
with a sterile hoe, like digging out tonsils,
and now I have to apologize…
I've always thought that if I do what you say,
my belly would grow regardless
and through my entire life,
I would carry as many foothills
as children—I would have aborted those in my body
and then these hills would be graves—
more terrifying, eternal.
You told me that
I should have butchered
at least two of these four children,
but I couldn't choose which ones,
and meanwhile, they grow up,
lay their fingers upon my cheeks
and start speaking…

Translated from the Georgian by Timothy Kercher and Nene Giorgadze

by Maya Sarishvili

Comments (0)

There is no comment submitted by members.