vasko popa | shadow of a shewolf

14 10 2007

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Poetry Dispatch No. 57 | February 27, 2006

SHADOW OF A SHEWOLF by Vasko Popa

They tell how my grandmother
The witch Sultana Urosevic’
Used to have the shadow of a shewolf

She would never leave the house
On moonlit nights

So no one could step on her shadow
Deprive her of secret powers
And kill her instantly

They tell
That I inherited from my great grandmother
These eyes and this tongue

Whether the shadow of a wolf too
I don’t know

In the moonlight
And often in the sunlight
I walk backwards

God forbid

from Selected Poems 1956-75. HOMAGE TO THE LAME WOLF, translated by Charles Simic

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