Psalm Pastorial by Tadeusz Nowak

To Zosia

Where are you? Beyond water
beyond grass and beyond silence
where letters
write themselves on leaves
where a knife will not
cut even bread
and the only fence looks
beyond nag and stick

Where are you? Beyond fear
beyond spider beyond mouse
where I am not heard
by burdock and radar
where money is not stamped
like you’d hammer a nail
and thunderbolts are wrapped into balls
by a mound rust slumbers

Where are you? Beyond you
beyond your dreams beyond song
where your eyes will not overlook
a blade of grass they will will not oversleep
where we say I am
ad if it never was
a chicken under the knife
a white birch under the saw

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