by Attila Jozsef

Attila József

On Mama now my thoughts have dawdled
all of a week. Clothes-basket cradled
creaked on her hip; she'd climb the stairway
up to the drying-attic's airway.
Then, for I was an honest fellow,
how I would shriek and stamp and bellow!
That swollen laundry needs no mother.
Take me, and leave it to another.
But still she drudged so quietly,
nor scolded me nor looked upon me,
and the hung clothes would glow and billow
high up above, with swoop and wallow.
It's too late now to still my bother;
what a giant was my mother--
over the sky her grey hair flutters,
her bluing tints the heaven's waters.

Last updated January 14, 2019