The Power of a Question
You are sinking. There is no question.
There is nothing you want.
The woman has become a fading flame.
The book's title page is sealed with no solace.
Even a drop of Mozart
does not sweeten
the aridity of the hour.
You are a squirrel in confrontation
with an uncracked nut
and the marvelous computer
is refusing to serve.
But a bright voice on the telephone
transmits a question:
Is it not accurate to assume
that the word "then" does not exist
in your poetical time,
and that everything is actually a single boundless present?
I said yes and the responsiveness that was lost to me
Strange, the power of a question.
Hebrew; trans. Leon Wieseltier
Gabriel Preil, Hebrew, trans. Leon Wieseltier, Poetry, The Poetry
Foundation, April, 2006.