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Poetry

Suppositions

Translated from Romanian

what would the savior have looked like
grown old?
would he still have lent
his severe, nostalgic face
to the builders of churches
to the arrogant destroyers in quest of myths
or guilty would he have healed
his own joints
letting the water remain water
while the blind fumbled along their way?

would he have given his last son
to doubt
or in the evening
laying his head on Magdalene’s knees
would he have seen the earth as round
spinning on her index finger?

Translation of “Supoziţii.” Copyright Carmen Firan. By arrangement with the author. Translation copyright 2009 by Adam J. Sorkin. All rights reserved.

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English

what would the savior have looked like
grown old?
would he still have lent
his severe, nostalgic face
to the builders of churches
to the arrogant destroyers in quest of myths
or guilty would he have healed
his own joints
letting the water remain water
while the blind fumbled along their way?

would he have given his last son
to doubt
or in the evening
laying his head on Magdalene’s knees
would he have seen the earth as round
spinning on her index finger?

Translation of “Supoziţii.” Copyright Carmen Firan. By arrangement with the author. Translation copyright 2009 by Adam J. Sorkin. All rights reserved.

Read the author's “Counterfeits”

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