This poem is taken from Stand 221, 17(1) March - May 2019.

M. Aan Mansyur Three Poems
Translated by John H McGlynn
Words Unable to Sleep

Supposing
there weren’t
a few words
unable to sleep,
this poem and you
could easily meet
in the realm of closed-eyes.

But
in every poem
there are always
words unable to sleep.

And thus
the one and only way
for you and this poem
is for you together,
with eyes wide open,
to seek among
the bustle of words.



A Picture Torn in Two

In a picture
are my parent’s faces,
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