Psalm About the Road by Tadeusz Nowak

To Zosia

The road carries our everyday affairs
beyond the forest
a horse found himself beyond the forest
an angel and a lame dog
found themselves beyond the forest
our health in underbrush
faith sowed in iron
some weddings many baptisms

You travel the road beyond the forest
after the horse after the angel
and the horse grew as small as an ant
the angel ran wild
only the dog was battered
as he was before
and he barks a warning through the trees
in the forest of our belief

I travel the road beyond the forest
to baptisms to weddings
I try to disappear in the underbrush
so that I can come out changed
but in spite of that I don’t bring
home any health
I only needlessly now
horseshoes hammered out of thunder

And maybe on the road beyond the forest
sleep and fern grow together
and instead of getting on a horse
we should try using an oar
instead of searching until we are blind
for the road in the ferns with our feet
we should try our hands at mowing
and cut and sweat like mice

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