Poetry at Sangam



Untitled by Erik Lindner

Translated by Francis R. Jones

A man is eating an apple in the park
and the trees bow down around him
the grass has run out of the treetrunks
it’s jostling round his feet
the pond pushes plants to the bank
the man takes a bite of the apple
and lets it tip over on his tongue
sucks out the juice and crushes
the pond shrinks behind the shrubs
branches point upwards out of the trees
an animal climbs up a trunk
and leaps and sprints across the grass
along the green beside the street
back to the pond and past the shrubs
to a man who’s folding his arms