Thursday, 23 June 2011

samuel hanagid

The Prison

The earth is a prison to man all his life.
Therefore I say this truth to the fool:
Though you rush about, the sky
Surrounds you on all sides. Try to get
Out, if you can.

trans by t. carmi


Roxana said...

i can't.

even if a poem or an image or a moment of ecstasy, like being in love, seem to offer transitory escapes...

swiss said...

why would anyine want to? it's an odd wee poem this one. i know almost nothing about this guy or anything else that he wrote but for so few lines i find it keeps coming back to me