Translation in Progress

[This is a translation in progress. I’m having trouble finding right expressions for some of the words and getting the right feeling down. Thus, the alternative translations in brackets.]


Poetry is wending the way, [journeying, travelling]
counting the unending [endless] steps,
sitting down at the root of a tree,
lighting a cigarette,
watching the scenery, [landscape]
raising a wine bottle to
your lips, falling asleep,
sleeping unconsciously, [an unconscious sleep]
waking up, shivering
from cold, emptying your bladder,
pissing on flowers,
washing your face.
And poetry is taking [catching] a breath
before setting off, [taking off]
tying the strings of your bag,
packing up stories:
an empty moment wind
makes its nest into.