From My Commonplace Book - 1

Diagnoses

by Miroslav Holub

Measles provoke
the onset of evening, like heavy felt.
Cavities in teeth
open rocks.
Smallpox pits
give contours to the map.
Radiation diseases
show us our place in the cosmos.
Liver inflammations heighten
Fragonard's sensitivity to ochres.
Cardiac apoplexies
change the outcome of battles
in bronze reliefs.

When you're mad as hell,
it's the general adaptation syndrome.
When you feel like a vegetable,
you must have been abandoned in a herbarium
by vegetarians.


translated by David Young & Dana Hobova

Unfortunately the PR blog style doesn't allow for the same spacing as written by the poet.

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Love the striking imagery and the humor of it! We should gather poems applicable to health and wellness somewhere....Thanks. Hope to see more.
 

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