Halo

What kind of poem is it?
a poem that tells of strange and unusual things
a bare footed poem
an incurable poem
a poem that carries water to houses
a poem that holds the hand of mud
a poem that is the sleeping state of language
a poem walking hand in hand with the devil
a poem that spits
a subversive poem
a poem that waters fields
a poem for those that simultaneously exist and don’t exist
a poem for the prophet of doom
an impossible poem
a poem in which someone vomits
a brave poem
a poem that says no
an insane poem
a poem that breaks the law
a poem that tells of a matchbox
What kind of poem is it?
a poem that tells of strange and unusual things
a bare footed poem
an incurable poem
a poem that carries water to houses
a poem that holds the hand of mud
a poem that is the sleeping state of language
a poem walking hand in hand with the devil
a poem that spits
a subversive poem
a poem that waters fields
a poem for those that simultaneously exist and don’t exist
a poem for the prophet of doom
an impossible poem
a poem in which someone vomits
a brave poem
a poem that says no
an insane poem
a poem that breaks the law
a poem that tells of a matchbox
a poem of strength
an erect poem
a poem that snores
a poem whose words are poison
a poem with a (slight) limp
a poem like the Great Wall of China
a pervert poem
a poem that crushes the ticks of children
a poem like an iron fist
a poem for every object
a poem like an open wound
a poem that never heals
a poem that is my horizon
a poem of divine inspiration

İlhan Berk
Translated by George Messo

from The Book of Things by İlhan Berk (Salt, 2009)

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