Friday, July 2, 2010

Proud Error

by Vasko Popa (1922-1991)
translated by Charles Simic

Once upon a time there was an error
So ridiculous so minute
No one would have paid attention to it

It couldn't stand
To see or hear itself

It made up all sorts of nonsense
Just to prove
That it really didn't exist

It imagined a space
To fit all its proofs in
And time to guard its proofs
And the world to witness them

All that it imagined
Was not so ridiculous
Or so minute
But was of course in error

Was anything else possible

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