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Poetry from Sam Vaknin

[palma@unet.com.mk]

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Prague at dusk


Prague lays over its inhabitants in shades of grey. Oppressively close to the surface, some of us duck, others simply walk carefully, our shoulders stooped, trying to avoid the monochrome rainbow at the end of the hesitant rain. Prague rains itself on us, impaled on one hundreds towers, on a thousand immolated golden domes. We pretend not to see it bleeding to the river. We just cross each other in ornate street corners, from behind exquisite palaces. We don't shake heads politely anymore. We are not sure whether they will stay connected if we do.

It is in such times that I remember an especially sad song, Arabic sounds interlaced with Jewish wailing. Wall after wall, turret after turret, I re-visit my homeland. It is there, in that city, which is not Arab, nor Jewish, not entirely modern, nor decidedly antique that I met her.

And the pain was strong.





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Author Notes

           I'd rather not add anything to the poems (the circumstances of their composition, myself, etc.). Every reader should construct his or her own associations-based exegesis. Each reader has his own Prague, her own brother and gets old in a different manner. "Background" facts added by me will only hinder this task, of compiling an interpretation with the text as a trigger.

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