Great Battles

by Eric Chaet

The so-called successes
of my celebrated contemporaries
are so puny, I’d laugh
if I weren’t afraid
that the congregations
of the taverns, churches,
courts, & arenas
would beat me
til I’d feign respectfulness.

How I wish
I’d hear from those, like me
engaged in great,
unnoticed battles!

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ВЕЛИКИЕ БИТВЫ
Eric Chaet (USA) / Эрик Чает (США)

Russian translation / Русско переводчик:
Adolf Shvedchikov

Так называемые большие успехи
моих прославленных современников
столь ничтожны, что меня разбирал бы смех,
если б я не испытывал страх
перед сборищами людей
в барах, церквях,
судах и на стадионах,
что готовы колотить меня до тех пор,
пока я не изображу послушание.

Как бы мне хотелось
поговорить с теми, кто, как я,
сражается в великих
незримых битвах!

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Translator Adolf Shvedchikov is a physicist, chemist, & translator of Shakespeare into Russian.

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Also posted online @ the beatnik (England), Russian translation @ Okno (Ireland). Previously published in The Moon Light of Corea (Seoul, S. Korea).

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BECOMER
by Eric Chaet

My contemporaries pound on me from outside
& my will pounds back from within—
my cells, tissues, & processes
& discontinuous & contradictory longings & ideas
are becoming one within the time’s great upheaval.

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