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November 2, 2010

Shota Iatashvili from Georgia

Filed under: Georgian — Tags: , , , , — razvan @ 2:35 am

Shota Iatashvili is a contemporary poet from Georgia. Info can be found on Poetry international

 

LEARN ME BY HEART
Learn me by heart this evening,
Then lie down and go to sleep.
In the morning, when you wake up,
Repeat it to me.
I shall lie down by your side and
I shall go sweetly to sleep,
I shall see you in my dreams with your head bent over me,
And muttering.
I shall dream of you telling me about trees, stars,
As you go out into the town and
Entrust an object to each person you meet
With the name ‘Shota’.

Learn me by heart this evening,
Then go to sleep and be all alert,
Only in the morning
Entrust me to people and things,
Prayer,
Grasses.

Perhaps I’m a poem,
Perhaps I’m a man,
Perhaps I’m bamboo.

Learn me by heart,
Or just swot me up –
That’s OK by me.

(Translated by John Irons for Poetry International web)

1 Comment »

  1. This poem is translated by Donald Rayfield. John Irons translated foreword on this web

    Comment by Shota Iatashvili — November 2, 2010 @ 1:47 pm


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