Kányádi Sándor: Noé bárkája felé
Noé bárkája felé (Hungarian)
a Nagy Imre-festmény hátára
Towards Noah's Ark (English)
on the back of the Nagy Imre-painting
We have to take, to drive in everything.
The words as well. Not a single word,
no dialect-word should stay out.
It may as well pour forty thousand days
and forty thousand nights, if not even
a backwash-bubble of conscience-
twinge follows the ark.
For the water will ebb away.
And the mud gets dry some day.
And then, from the preserved,
still existing word again
we can re-create the first
grain of wheat itself
if with Word we can’t
live on any more.