Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | November 19, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: God Has Denied Me…

by Zygmunt Krasinski (1812 – 1859).


God Has Denied Me…


That Angel burning at my left side

Harps on an old string.

And I am with you

Among the plains where white seagulls ride,

Locked in a coffin in the Siberian snow.                                           5

Hyenas howl out of the wind. Reindeer

Graze on the graves, under your sure care.


The roots of lilies probe my corpse. It shines,

A white goblet wonderfully transformed,

A lantern corpse that fills the night with signs,                           10

– And the music of the soul makes silence alarmed.

You dim the lamp and ask the music to

Keep silent that my spirit may sleep through.


Alone, you say your prayers. You go on speaking

Into the holy sapphire. And from your hair,                                  15

Like diamonds, a chain of stars is streaking

Into the heavens – and each star is a prayer.



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