Flora Imre


we fell silent
there is no picture nor words
nor understanding and no other parameter
cats have four paws so is
other information similar
in front of us the dimensions are being opened
fell silent lacking the what’s and the about’s
and slowly it seems since lacking subject
there is no predicate nor earth shattering about
other sentence parts
(optional thesis and others)
could say speaking is worthless
in unorganized sentence fragments
motion connector modifying —
words into valuable structures and maybe
some greeting my God
we fell silent lacking conjugates
and hard to define
modality becomes exclamation
or optative maybe enunciative
and who knows security
or the lack of it so
we fell silent.

— translated from the Hungarian by Emöke B’Racz