Anonymous, c. 1800-1925



The Day We Die


The day we die
the wind comes down
to take away
our footprints.

The wind makes dust
to cover up
the marks we left
while walking.

For otherwise
the thing would seem
as if we were
still living.

Therefore the wind
is he who comes
to blow away
our footprints.


   San; trans. Arthur Markowitz


San, trans. Arthur Markowitz, Translation Magazine II, 1974.