Reincarnation of the stanza
The first stanza does not claim to have the function
of concise exposition.
That is precisely why it has nothing to say.
The second stanza does not waste space in the way
the first stanza is doing right now
but develops its idea, intensifying
the motif, endowing the text with necessary tension,
which will probably, however,
be suppressed in the third stanza.
The third stanza clarifies the way
the fifth stanza is integrated
into the poetic context
of the fourth stanza. It could be said
that to a certain extent it has the character of metatext.
The fourth stanza has a stepmother’s attitude
to the third stanza; it is undesired
reciprocity, a sort of suspended
gradation — the beginning of regress,
one of the signs of recession.
The fifth stanza is written
at least as skilfully as the third,
but means nothing for the fourth.
The sixth stanza is written.
© Peter Macsovszky, translated by Marián Andričík