walking to rain or red cardinal

by Kristina Kočan


walking to rain or red cardinal

apparently you walked
down the street today
trying to save
a cat you think
he really needed
help I was 
sitting at home
deep in thoughts
about Agnes Martin
and her red bird
that she painted
without it being in the painting
amazed I stared 
at the reproduction
we’d brought back
from New York
wondering so hard
whether the red bird
was a northern cardinal
or some other
it seems you walked
so far
that you got drenched
by rain in the room
there’s now a big puddle
on the floor 

Translated by Jernej Županič

hoja do dežja ali rdeči kardinal

danes si menda
šel peš po ulici
in reševal nekega
mačka misliš
da je res rabil 
pomoč jaz sem
sedela doma  
globoko premišljevala
o Agnes Martin
in njenem rdečem ptiču
ki ga je naslikala
brez da bi bil na sliki
osuplo sem strmela
v reprodukcijo 
ki sva jo prinesla
iz New Yorka
in me je tako zanimalo
če je bil ta rdeči ptič
severni kardinal 
ali kak drug
baje si hodil 
tako daleč
da te je zmočil
dež v sobi je 
zdaj na tleh 
velika luža