Eden’s apples of remembrance

by Michal Habaj

Eden’s apples of remembrance

to call up a smile on the face of a girl: call it up like a pupil

to the board: like a film negative: like the spirit of Marilyn Monroe:

during nights like this: announcing itself in the depths of our hearts:

all I hear is her murmuring songs: I see only blotches of her face:

mammy: but she’s only wheezing: mammy: but she has no colours:

connect the sound connect the picture: in your neon technohead:

you’ll hear divine Marilyn’s laughter and Frankieboy’s velvet voice:

when in a silent forest of monitors: together with James Dean

she saves the world: and yet it moves! and yet it moves:

tape in a projector: their naked stars fall from the screen

to earth: soft memories easy dreams: and Kate Moss:

when she doles out smiles draped in the dictate of secret keyboards:

and Vanessa Paradis: with chewing gum wound round her finger:

stands in the empty metro: and she sees: a striding

sable youth: a leaf falling from the tree: high school girls

trustfully clutching the butts of mobile telephones:

and she sees: herself seen: she calls up memories: faces

of her lovers: she calls up a smile on the face of the girl:

who she once was: and who she will ever remain:

deep in our hearts: deeper in the film negatives.

© Michal Habaj, translated by John Minahane