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On a Steamer

at night from far away

the city looks like

a huge overturned christmas tree

decorated for a holiday

then thrown away


it’s lying

with its branches scattered

and its lamps

still glittering

in the dark

from Factory of TearsFind it in the library

Copyright © 2008 Valzhyna Mort (Trans. Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright and Franz Wright)
Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc.
on behalf of Copper Canyon Press.

Published in Poems Valzhyna Mort


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