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Ship in Flames by Jaroslav Seifert
« on: April 05, 2020, 03:05:59 PM »
I was preparing for the night.
Whoever seeks will be expected. Whoever is waiting will be found.
I was looking for a place where I could sleep, concealed somewhere behind the evergreens where there was a bit of music left from the spring, and I could let the night fall upon me.
Flames pierced the darkness and Someone cried out: The ship is burning!
Passionate flames rose above the pale flat waters and my lover's arms lingered with need.
Under the nervous branches of willow trees shade covers the well, fog lies thick over the bottom. In daylight, I could look at my lover.
When the light moved the dark sky away
She came trembling from the well with the wet bucket.
I dared not ask if she had seen the flames.
She looked at me surprised, turned her head and, after a moment, she nodded timidly. ...

Seifert, Jaroslav - Casting of Bells (Spirit That Moves Us, 1984)


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