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KAFKA COUNTRY

The holiday people camp in softdrink shade;
The white sun dances in the brown tea
In the hot cup, in the hot day
Where the attenuated birdsong shrills
Into untenable heights soprano
And the sun splits as the liquid jars
As a door slams -
Open.
Let time suspend the execution of the hour
For this one moment here in sunshaft,
Here cool wind, beyond our Kafka country, beyond
Our torn-wallpaper lives, beyond the city
Where the world outruns its cliches,
Green verdant and blue ultramarine -
I attempt a free translation of birdsong.

Copyright © 1975 Hugh Cook

Picture of front cover of ARC OF LIGHT poetry collection by Hugh Cook.

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