Silence in a Dim Summer Night

by Jure Jakob


Silence in a Dim Summer Night

The moon is bright. Dogs are barking. Although it’s

The middle of the summer, souls are down with a cold.

 

The night has laid down swiftly and completely naked,

Like a woman who opens the door and steps towards the bed

With a pale, dim body.

 

In the background I hear a train moving,

Probably through Vič,[1] like an ice skater in a fur coat.

 

The falls are soundless.

 

I sit on a chair, feeling myself breathing, spiders have

Suspended their webs in the corners like white tablecloths

Over the Sunday table. Glasses have not been emptied

And the wine is drying out.

 

I don’t know which direction I’m supposed to be facing.

I don’t know if I can reach myself.

It’s that kind of night, I’m not thinking of emergency exits,

The phone is disconnected.

To sit, to watch, to endure time, devoted and dependent,

That’s how blood moves through the body.

 

Of course I hear the steps coming closer.

Daylight is breaking, the city is waking up, and in the morning,

The farmers’ market will be selling fresh solutions.

 

I’m used to it

And silent.


[1] Translator's note: a neighbourhood in Ljubljana.

Translated by Jernej Županič

Tišina v motni poletni noči

Luna je svetla. Psi lajajo. Duše so prehlajene,

čeprav smo sredi poletja.

 

Noč je legla naglo in povsem gola,

kot ženska, ki odpre vrata in stopi proti postelji z

bledo motnim telesom.      

 

Nekje zadaj slišim vlak, kako se premika,

najbrž čez Vič, kot drsalec, odet v kožuh.

 

Padci so neslišni.

 

Sedim na stolu, čutim, kako diham, po kotih

so pajki razgrnili mreže kot bele prte

po nedeljski mizi. Kozarci so ostali neizpiti,

vino se suši.

 

Ne vem, v katero smer bi moral biti obrnjen.

Ne vem, če se dosežem.

Taka noč je, ne razmišljam o zasilnih izhodih,

telefon je izklopljen.

Obsedeti, gledati, prenašati čas, vdan in odvisen,

tako po telesu potuje kri.

 

Seveda slišim korake, ki se bližajo.

Dani se, mesto se prebuja, zjutraj bodo na tržnici

prodajali sveže rešitve.

 

Navajen sem

in tih.

Jure Jakob