Thursday, September 02, 2004

The Allegrezza Ficcione, Part 11

The Mother of Wine
The mother of wine
must be sacrificed. Her
children must be seized
& thrown into prison.

It will be impossible
to take her children from her
unless you first trample
her beneath your feet

& squeeze her essence
out. Nor may you
under law separate
the baby from her breast

until she has nursed it
for at least seven months,
beginning April, through
to the end of October…..
from: 1400 bayt of Abu Abd Allah Rudaki
translated by Umberto Allegrezza
The Manichean Press; Bukhara, Uzbekistan, 1999.

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