Dinah Roma, Consuming sorrow / Καταναλωτική λύπη

Posted: 31/03/2022 by vequinox in Literature

To Koskino

Why waste the rites
of lament when they can be
on show? Inside the pantry,
sorted out in cans, labeled
with fancy fonts. Each name,
a use. Or beside a vase of blooms,
magnificent in minutiae,
an exotic figure hand-picked
from a bazaar of all lost
and transported. Or let it
hang from your neck, the sheen
of gems guarding an order
of value, their shores and hills
polished after the silhouette of bone.
Or let a ring grasp the full
diameter of eternity in vows
engraved in indelible depth.

Its nature is solid. Its measure
is mass and volume. So let it stand
among your prized possessions.
Let it say: here, touch me,
don’t be afraid. This is not what
you’d bought into. This is simply
the foretold depreciation
of what possessed you.

ΚΑΤΑΝΑΛΩΤΙΚΗ ΛΥΠΗ

Γιατί να σπαταλάτε τις ιεροτελεστίες
του θρήνου όταν μπορούν να
επιδεικνύονται; Μέσα στο ντουλάπι,

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