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01. My mother is afraid of loneliness (poem) - Doina Ioanid - Romania - Poetry International
 
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Mama se teme de singurătate. Mă priveşte neputincioasă – nici măcar telenovelele n-o fac să se simtă mai bine. Se uită la mine ca o viţeluşă spăimoasă. N-ai de ce, o încurajez eu, în timp ce singurătatea smulge o halcă din ea. Ţie nu ţi-e teamă, mă întreabă ea cu buzele însîngerate? Nu, îi răspund. Minţeam desigur şi mama m-a plesnit cu un scaiete. Şi era atît de violet, încît brusc s-a lăsat înserarea.
My mother is afraid of loneliness. She’s watching me helplessly – even telenovelas fail to make her feel better. She’s staring at me like some fearful young heifer. Not to worry, I’m cheering her up, just as loneliness tears a chunk off of her. You’re not afraid of loneliness? she asks me, lips covered in blood. No way, I reply . . . I was lying, of course, and my mother lashed out at me with a thistle. And so violet was it that suddenly evening descended.