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 There’s Blood Down There

There’s heavy blood down there
beating all the way up from the ancient world.
It thickens and dulls the mist on this sharp ridge.
It lies like a scar in a wound.

There’s heavy blood down there. There’s blood.
There’s dark blood down there, thick as pitch,
with thirst of a dragon unslaked.
There’s old blood naked and black.

It waits and burrows like a mole.
From door to door it tunnels deep beneath us
as precise and as certain as death.
It throbs into all the empty spaces.

There’s heavy blood down there drumming its code,
‘follow, follow, this way, don’t go out of range.’
There’s awful blood down there, a terrible awe,
There’s this heavy blood down there
beating all the way up from the ancient world.

Aco Šopov, Nonbeing (Небиднина), 1963
Imitation by Roderick Jellema from a translation by Graham W. Reid

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