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Zoltán Böszörményi: The Conscience of Trees

(A fák lelkiismerete)

you must appeal to the conscience of trees

their calm is the sign of confidence

that you’ve coveted for ages

even with a budding mind


their calm is doubt

the probability of the probable

the omnivorous self of

the world with messy hair

now turning silver


trees do not fear failure


the cinder of time sifting

into nothingness


trees can see mortals

see our sins


what consumes us

that’s why trees cling to the sky

with their branches high above


Translation copyright 2018 Paul Sohar. From The Conscience of Trees by Zoltán Böszörményi, translated from the Hungarian by Paul Sohar. Published by Ragged Sky Press.


A tree in Bzhete, Albania (photograph by Ledina Bala)

One comment on “Zoltán Böszörményi: The Conscience of Trees

  1. Elizabeth Csicsery-ROnay
    February 10, 2019

    Loved this poem. Excellent translation.

    Liked by 1 person

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