The washing never gets done

September 14th, 2016 Posted In: Art

The washing never gets done.
The furnace never gets heated.
Books never get read.
Life is never completed.
Life is like a ball which one must continually
catch and hit so that it won’t fall.
When the fence is repaired at one end,
it collapses at the other. The roof leaks,
the kitchen door won’t close, there are cracks in the foundation,
the torn knees of children’s pants …
One can’t keep everything in mind. The wonder is
that beside all this one can notice
the spring which is so full of everything
continuing in so many directions – into evening clouds
into the redwing’s song and into every
drop of dew on every blade of glass in every meadow,
as far as the eye can see, into the dusk.

Jaan Kaplinski
Translated from the Estonian by Jaan Kaplinski with Sam Hamill & Riina Tamm