6. I Live In an Old House

by Eric Chaet

I live in an old house
not as well made as it might have been
but I’m grateful for the shelter.
Before I have to surrender it
for lack of breath or ability to pay taxes
& before it falls in on me
I work at shoring it up
improve what I can—
foundation, frame, shell, plumbing, wiring—
I’m clumsy, impatient, & ignorant!—
& struggle within it to create
something valuable that will outlast me
& this so-called civilization,
crumbling all around.


by Eric Chaet

traduccion espanol: Joseph Berolo

Vivo en una vieja casa
no tan bien constuida como pudiera haber sido
pero estoy agradecido por su abrigo.
No sea que tenga que entregarla
por falta de aliento o habilidad para pagar impuestos
& antes de que se derrumbe sobre mi—
trabajo en apuntalarla
mejorar lo que puedo
cascaron & cimientos, plomeria & alambrado—
soy ignorante, torpe & impaciente—
& batallo conmigo mismo para crear algo valioso
que me sobreviva
& esta mal llamada civilizacion
que se desintegra por todos lados.


Previously published in The Eternity (India).
Previously posted @ Heavy Bear (USA),
Ave Viajera (Colombia), Aristos Internacional


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