Dismay is waiting behind the door,where across the floor footprints like hieroglyphschronicle the history of past defeats.Dead clothes, the skin of our former selves,still tumble from broken cases, cratessplit their sides with the books, a three-legged chair,bewildered, leans in the corner where a viper’s nestof jerseys entwines a broken lamp –all the high spume and […]
First the welcoming. Smiles all round. A space
A lifetime of work to own a house / then you end up diminished by it.
The sign on the hospital wall
/ identifying the space
/ begins with a Spanish phrase—
/ sala de espera,
/ waiting room.
/ A more symbolic phrase
/ may have deeper…
And this was known as the milk room,
/ the coldest room in the cool house.
/ There, on a paint-stained table,
/ Jugs and bowls…
būt suņa dzīvoklim ar trim rejošām istabām
/ ar sprauslājošu vannas istabu
/ kur pil aukstu slienu
/ un karstu siekalu krāni
/ suņa dzīvoklis ar grīdām
/ kas kauc…