Better

better than darkness
is fake darkness
which swindles you
into necking with
your neighbor´s daughter

better than banks
are false banks
where you put
all your rough money
into legal tender

better than coffee
is blue coffee
which you drink
in your last bath
or sometimes waiting
for your shoes
to be dismantled

better than poetry
is my poetry
which refers
to everything
that is beautiful and
dignified, but is
neither of these itself

better than wild
is secretly wild
as when I am in my car
in the darkness of
a parking space
with a new friend

better than art
is repulsive art
which is shunned
by Hashem
and in the ensuing
hullaballoo
I slip
into broadway theaters
and sit undetected
in the Hadassah section

better than greatness
is silly greatness
which stands me
on the shoulders
of my garage
the better to
drop all the eggs
into one basket

better than memory
is tricky memory
which is the juice
of patriotism and
national interest
and the fall of husbands
and all the Sad Show

better than darkness
is darkless
which is inkier, vaster
more profound
and eerily refrigerated -
filled with caves
and blinding tunnels
in which appear
beckoning dead relatives
and other religious
paraphernalia

better than love
is rove
which is the Japanese
more refined
smoother
strangely erotic-
tiny serene people
with huge genitalia
but lighter than thought
comfortably installed
on an eyelash of mist
and living grimly
ever after
cooking, gardening
and raising kids

better than my mother
is your mother
who is still alive
while mine is dead
as a doornail

better than me
are you
kinder than me
are you
sweeter smarter faster
you you you
prettier than me
stronger than me
lonelier than me
I want to get to know you
better and better

________

bolje od tame
je lažna tama
koja te na prijevaru
tjera da ljubakaš
s nečijom drevnom
rođakinjom

bolje od banki
su lažne banke
gdje mijenjaš
sav svoj sirov novac
u zakonita sredstva

bolja od kave
je plava kava
koju piješ
u svojoj zadnjoj kupelji
ili ponekad čekajući
da ti se rasklope cipele

bolja od poezije
je moja poezija
koja se tiče
svega
lijepog i uzvišenog
iako ona sama
nije ništa od toga

bolje nego biti divalj
je biti tajno divalj
kakav sam ja
s novom zmijom
u tami
parkirnog mjesta

bolja od umjetnosti
je odbojna umjetnost
koja rasvjetljava
bolje od Svetog pisma
neznatnu mjeru
tvog naprijetka

bolja od tame
je tama
koja je crnja prostranija
i dublja
i jezivo rashlađena
puna spilja
i zaslepljujućih tunela
kroz koje ti domahuju
mrtvi rođaci
i ostala religijska
parafernalija

bolja od ljubavi
je vubav
koja je rafiniranija
i nadmoćno erotična
sitni spokojni ljudi
s glomaznim genitalijama
ali lakšim od misli
udobno instaliranim
na trepavici sumaglice
žive u sivilu
zauvijek
kuhajući,vrtlareći
i podižući djecu

bolja od moje majke
je tvoja mati
koja je još uvijek živa
dok moja
nije živa
ali zašto to uopće spominjem?
oprosti mi majko

bolja od mene
si ti
dobrostivija od mene si ti
slađa pametnija brža
ti ti ti
ljepša od mene
jača od mene
usamljenija od mene

sve mi te se bolje
i bolje
upoznaje


Leonard Cohen 
(Mt.Baldy,1996.)

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