Goran Simic - Beginning After Everything

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Alan Rickman reads Goran Simic's Beginning After Everything

Beginning After Everything
by Goran Simic (1952-)

After I buried my mother
(under fire, I sprinted from the graveyard)

after the soldiers came with my brother
wrapped in tarp
(I gave them back his gun)

after the fire in the eyes of my children
as they ran to the cellar
(the rats ran ahead of them)

after I wiped the old woman's face
with a dishtowel
(terrified to reveal a face I knew)

after the ravenous dog
feasting on blood
(just another corpse in snipers' alley)

after everything

I wanted to write poems like newspaper reports,
so heartless, so cold,
that I could forget them, forget them
in the same moment that someone might ask me,
"Why do you write poems like newspaper reports?"

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