A poem by Boris Hristov
Translation from Bulgarian: Julieta Kaludova
He bears a scar upon his forehead and always sits at ends.
He might be tall, but even so the lonely man is small.
He picks up herbs, or with the adze of memories engraves
When he is unemployed – and drags behind his ancient rag.
A horse’s head adorns the field and he will simply go
To gaze at it a little bit, expecting nothing more.
While others shout across the room or talk about the arts
The lonely man behind his table will catch and free some flies.
But if he scribbles poems, for certain he will leave behind
One little teardrop in your eyes and an incision in your mind…
He has a home, his meals are warm, but it is so confined
His life, tossed out just like a basket in the corner of a flat.
And should his home with all the tiles turn upside down
The ashes he may eat, but he will never beg or frown.
What scary fires and what iron he endured in his time
To fathom, you will have to drink with him a lot of wine…
Just as he walks and wears a stain upon his shirt so neat
The lonely man into the crowd shall vanish like a bead.
A book he carries in one hand, to heal his aching soul,
But in the other down his pocket he tightly holds a rope.