by Attila Jozsef

Attila József

Eagle, gigantic, diving
heaven's echoey precipices!
What winged thing's this, arriving
from voids and nothingnesses!
His starry beak of azure
devours the vaulted cosm,
his talons of erasure
rip at its flesh-warm bosom.
The world's eyeball, transparent,
weeps at the the bloody capture,
the downy feathers errant.
This is the red dawn's rapture.
There is no height above it,
essence is torn and savaged;
there is no depth beneath it,
being itself is ravished.
One wing is my own aura,
the other wing is Flóra:
newborn, beyond all seeming,
each thus in each redeeming.

Last updated January 14, 2019