A GLASS OF BEER
The perfect murder has no reasons, he said,
the perfect murder needs only a perfect object,
as it was in Auschwitz.
Not the crematoria, of course, but as it was
afterwards, outside working hours.
And he fell silent
looking at the froth on the beer
and taking a sip.
The perfect murder is love, he said.
The perfect murder doesn’t require anything perfect
as much as you can.
Even the memory of gripping the throat
is eternal. Even the howls that rocked my hand,
even the piss that fell like grace on cold flesh,
even the heel of the boot awakens another eternity,
even the silence,
looking at the froth.
True, a decent job frees a lot, but
a perfect murder doesn’t lose
like the lips of a child, he explained,
like sand and froth,
sipping and listening.
AMIR OR (Israel)
Translated by Tsipi Keller
De prent komt uit de verdwenen collectie van F. Columbus.
Link naar de site van Amir Or , zie links.