island where it all becomes clear

solid ground beneath your feet

the only roads are those that offer access

bushes bend beneath the weight of proofs

the tree of valid supposition grows here
with branches disentangled since time immemorial

the tree of understanding, dazzingly straight and simple
sprouts by the spring called now i get it

te thicker the woods, the vaster the vista
the valley of obviously

if any doubts arise, the wind dispels them instantly

echoes stir unsummoned
and eagerly explain all the secrets of the worlds

on the right a cave where meaning lies

on the left the lake of deep conviction
truth breaks from the bottom and bobs to the surface

unshakable confidence towers over the valley
it’s peak offers an excellent view of the essence of things

for all its charms, the island is uninhabited
and the faint footprints scattered on its beaches
turn without exception to the sea

all you can do here is leave
and plunge, never to return, into the depths

into unfathomable life

     Translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh 

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