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Mirko Lauer

Dolphins (3 Poems)

Translated by Michael L. Smith

The best thing about ocean scenery
is its sustained obsession with movement:
(with a wetness that isn't weeping)
the striking bodies arch garlands

Granting themselves scales of darkness & light
(& explosive lapses that dissolve
into new concentric absences),
sealing & breaking packs that sink or resurface

Without leaving scars on the water
(& you'd like to follow them, frolic among them
but breaking against you are waves on your chest
& silences on your mind.)

Continuous Bass, 1974