Tomaž Šalamun
Gods

Gods are Maruška, Ana, Francie,
Bob, people. Josephine and Anselm
and a bunch of kids. Ana and Nora
are driven to kindergarten in Scattergood.

Maruška is reading something on her
belly on the couch. Francie
bathes and soaps herself. Usually
she gets up an hour later.

Bob is thinking, he'll jump to the
typewriter and write poems. Josephine
sings, she walks around  the house.

Anselm is obviously sleeping, his
polar day extends deep into the night.
A bunch of kids giggle in various schools.  









   Translated from the Slovenian by Joshua Beckman and the author