“Poems for sick butterflies” by Lia Faur

painting by Steven Daluz
painting by Steven Daluz

“Poems for sick butterflies” by Lia Faur

Editura Brumar, Timisoara, 2013, p.33

translated from Romanian by Claudia Moscovici

“I step towards the glass of water

Lying on the windowsill

My lips bleed for no reason

I’d have liked to watch a movie about butterflies

About how they become sick during childhood

About how their wings fall off during chemotherapy

They’re so pitiful the way they drag themselves on the floor

With the sound of torn slippers

And nobody notices them

They sweep them up like ordinary trash

Some of them are fortunate enough

To be placed in an insectarium before the treatment

But most of them disappear the same way

That their dust would dissipate from their wings

When I used to collect butterflies

With a gauze net made by my grandfather

Yesterday several moribund butterflies

Flew above me

They shook themselves in the air

And the entire atmosphere

Became covered in colorful sprinkles

Here and there, one could spot a wing”

Lia Faur, ”Poeme pentru fluturi bolnavi”, Editura Brumar, Timișoara, 2013, p. 33

”fac pași spre sticla de apă

așezată pe marginea ferestrei

îmi sângerează buzele fără motiv

aș fi vrut să mă uit la un film despre fluturi

cum se îmbolnăvesc ei în copilărie

și cum le cad aripile la chimioterapie

sunt jalnici așa cum se târăsc pe podea

cu zgomot de papuci târșiți

și nimeni nu-i bagă în seamă

îi mătură ca pe gunoaiele obișnuite de zi cu zi

unii au noroc de insectare înainte de tratament

dar cei mai mulți dispar la fel cum

dispărea praful de pe aripile lor

când porneam la cules de fluturi

cu plasa de tifon făcută de bunicul

ieri câțiva fluturi muribunzi

au zburat deasupra mea

se scuturau în aer și tot aerul

s-a umplut de prafuri colorate

pe ici pe acolo câte o aripă”

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About romanticlovepoetry

I was born in Bucharest, Romania and immigrated to the United States when I was almost twelve years old. Here I obtained an B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University. At Princeton, I met and fell in love with my husband, Dan. We live in Michigan with our two children, Sophie and Alex. I taught philosophy and literature, focusing on the Romantic period, at Boston University and the University of Michigan. Since 2003, I've been working with a group of international artists on postromanticism, a contemporary art movement that I co-founded with the Mexican sculptor Leonardo Pereznieto. Postromantic artists strive to express beauty, sensuality and passion in their artwork. I do the same in my scholarly book "Romanticism and Postromanticism" (2007) and in a collection of love poems, "The Painful Poignancy of Desire" (2007). If you're interested in taking a look at this art, our website is postromanticism.com. I'm also a fiction writer. My first novel, "Velvet Totalitarianism" (2009), describes a family's survival in communist Romania due to the strength of their love. You can find out more about me and my writing on my author's profile on Notablewriters.com.
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