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To get there by Tomasz Mielcarek

Translated from Polish by David Malcolm


To get there


The workers laying the sidewalk beat rhythmically

with rubber hammers. The sand the whole length

is levelled and packed under stones;

last chance to leave some mark.

In the bag some necessary items you asked me for.


I hurry to get there at visiting time.

Once I thought a whisper mends every hole,

weaves a nest. Today between us runs a line of time.

Your bones are soft like morning mist –

they dissolve before our eyes.


Tomasz Mielcarek



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