Tuesday, March 03, 2009

I love this translation from Verse Daily by Greg Delanty. His book The Hellbox is one of my favorites.

Dropping Names

To go unnoticed is good, though mostly we forget
and silently crave attention, fame,
the need to be seen, to be adored even, above all others—how
stupid, how vulgar. Listen to rain's patter on your hut
away from everyone. If you have any need to drop a name,
rub elbows, hobnob with the likes of demigod Solitude
or the clement deity of the rain. Such company is fit
for a king or some unseen local god
whose name's long forgotten or, thankfully, never known.

George of Corkus (TRANS)

Copyright © 2009 Greg Delanty All rights reserved
from The Raintown Review
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

1 comment:

~ said...

thanks for posting this, Peter. I missed it.

(my first poem of the day!)