no name


There is Still No Name for You
Milan Dekleva
For anything more will we be able to die.
Close by heaven’s abyss kneels the last grace.
The stone embraces nakedness, again tries to take it.
Peace is complete to the depth, you can hear the night fall.

You have grown out of the superstition that life goes through everything.
We have looked you through and through and have not recognized you.
With your beauty you entered our marrow, seizing us all.
For you there is still no name: we would fear it all too much.

From their decaying material the patched homes run with tears.
We are theirs, pressing ever closer in brightness.
Our breath becomes harsh and divinely thin.
We’d dwell heroically in ignorance, like in a school exercise.

shattered flowerbeds


The Origin of Language
Milan Dekleva
Women talk the jargon of shattered flowerbeds.
The sick talk from pain.
Stones from stoniness.
The stars mumble the gravitation of light.
To the prophet and illusionist the voice lends revelations.
The meadows are littered with alphabets of ants,
the cantilena of towns is a criss-cross of errands.

Only freedom speaks the patois of its own being,
which is freedom.
That speech is on the boundary.
It convenes the whole world
to the human ear.
Encircles us, as death encircles life.
Like wide-open doors we flap in time,
the hundred times safeguarded secret
of worthlessness.