The Saddest

The saddest poem
is the poem which is not written
swallowed with knots
stalked by customs offcials and bridges
the one which cannot be contemplated 
not for anything ever.

Keep that poem.

She is surely the woman
who will give birth in pain.

And in her we shall each 
recognize ourselves.

From Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems of Eugen Jebeleanu by Eugen Jebeleanu, translated by Matthew Zapruder and Radu Ioanid. Copyright © 2008 by Tudor Jebeleanu and Florica Vieru. Published by Coffee House Press. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.