A Second Life

Zum Tod von Stanley Greene:

Stanley Greene, "Zelina, after the death of her child" (Downtown Grozny, April 2001)
Stanley Greene, „Zelina, after the death of her child“ (Downtown Grozny, April 2001)


After this life / we’ll need a second life / to apply what we learned / in the first.

We make one mistake / after another / and need a second life / to forget.

We hum endlessly / as we wait for the departed: / we need a second life / for the whole song.

We go to war / and do everything Simon says: / we need a second life / for love alone.

We need time / to serve out our prison terms / so we can live free / in our second life.

We learn a new language / but need a second life / to practice it.

We write poetry and pass away, / and need a second life / to know the critics’ opinions.

We rush around / all over the place / and need a second life / to stop and take pictures.

Suffering takes time: / we need a second life / to learn to live / without pain.

Dunya Mikhail, „A Second Life“

(translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid, from “The Iraqi Nights“)

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