Rúfus, Milan: Dialóg na každý deň
Dialóg na každý deň (Slovak)
Bláznivá pošta posiela nám ženy
Everyday Dialogue (English)
A crazy post sends us women
the wrapping half-undone. You almost see
the split down the middle. The mark on the cup
at which men reach intoxication,
cruelty, overlap, wild gentleness:
„Down to that mark in one gulp, and then bottoms up!
And smash the empty glass against the wall.”
But women know about it. They unleash a storm
with their little fingers, like a laddered stocking.
And with their whole bodies they sing:
„Where are you sailing off to,
drunken Noah, in your leaky boat?’