9:55, 5 Minutes before the Beginning
The executioner took off his mask.
The prisoner took off his hood.
They had identical faces.
Then one told the other:
“This is strange but it does
not change a thing.
It’s not even important.
The problem now
is how to kill
the eternal five minutes.”
The Colonel’s Widow
Minka, Colonel Gruyev’s widow
yesterday tells me
He, my new comrade in life
is very much into hygiene. Twice a week
we take a bath together and then
I throw the towels out to dry
in the sunshine
I say: Minka dear
don’t strain yourselves too hard
The Wedding of Life, Sleep and Death
‘Life is a dream’
If sleep is a brother of death,
then death, thus related,
becomes a cousin of life.
I fall asleep and offer space
for the cousins to meet.
I love family gatherings.
The musicians play wildly and
the wine stains don’t stand out.
One day we all wake up in our beds
and feel ashamed we’ve done it
with each other.
An Old Mesopotamian Legend about Gilgamesh,
King of Uruk, Who Wanted to Become Immortal