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Factory of Tears

And once again according to the annual report

the highest productivity results were achieved

by the Factory of Tears.

While the Department of Transportation was breaking heels

while the Department of Heart Affairs

was beating hysterically

the Factory of Tears was working night shifts

setting new records

even on holidays.

While the Food Refinery Station

was trying to digest another catastrophe

the Factory of Tears adopted a new economically advantageous

technology of recycling the wastes of the past —

memories mostly.

The pictures of the employees of the year

were placed on the Wall of Tears.

I’m a recipient of workers’ comp from the heroic Factory of Tears.

I have calluses on my eyes.

I have compound fractures on my cheeks.

I receive my wages with the product I manufacture.

And I’m happy with what I have.

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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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