Ted Hughes, Din cîntecele lui Kra

Apple Tragedy

So on the seventh day

The serpent rested.

God came up to him.

‘I’ve invented a new game’, he said.


The serpent stared in surprise

At his interloper.

But God said: ‘You see this apple?

I squeeze it and look – Cider.’


The serpent had a good drink

And curled up into a question mark.

Adam drank and said: ‘Be my god.’

Eve drank and opened her legs


And called to the cockeyed serpent

And gave him a wild time.

God ran and told Adam

Who in drunken rage tried to hang himself in the orchard.


The serpent tried to explain, crying ‘Stop’

But drink was splitting his syllable

And Eve started screeching: ‘Rape! Rape!

And stamping on his head.


Now whenever the snake appears she screeches

‘Here it comes again! Help! Help!’

Then Adam smashes a chair on its head,

And God says: ‘I am well pleased’


And everything goes to hell.

ted-hughes-din-cantecele-lui-kraTed Hughes, Din cîntecele lui Kra,

Editura Univers, 1977, ediție bilingvă,

traducere și prefață de Vasile Nicolescu

(n-am preluat aici decât textul în engleză)

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