Two Poems
by PEYCHO KANEV

I. Tsvetaeva on Lake Michigan’s Shore

or maybe only her book “Selected Poems”.
It’s early. We are watching silently how the sun 
appears from behind the enormous-white clouds.
She is closed, I am lonely. There is nothing to say,
nor to understand. If I open the book, I will ruin
this perfect moment. So, I light a cigarette and 
exhale the smoke up to the clouds. Silent voice is
rising from the pages, but I put a finger on my lips
and say that it will be our secret. Suddenly a man
appears carrying a big mirror. What is he doing in
this early hour at the deserted shore? He doesn’t
see me, nor do I see his face. He stops by the water
and stays hidden behind the mirror. And it becomes
the eye of the water. I am looking silently at him,
and Marina is gone.




II. A Moment

The black steel. The blistered paint. The brownish dust. 
The rust. The humming. The wires mixed up like wet 
spider web. The yellow tape around. The hot, orange sun. 
The lonely birds. The gentle breeze. The young man 
approaching carefully. The heavy boots. The small, grey 
rocks. The shrieking of the gods. The fear. The young man 
leaning forward. The eyes and the sweat. The trembling 
fingers. The heavy suit. The memories of the high-minded
knights. The helmet. The pliers. The uncertainty. The seconds.
The hesitation. The vacillation. The flash of the Gordian 
knot. The silence. The bomb disposal robot. The mechanical
sound. The extending of the metallic arm. The heavy body.
The lifting. The seconds. The beads of sweat dripping from 
the forehead. The jamming. The silence. The static in the radio. 
The orders. The memories of home and the baby crib. The pliers. 
The decision. The short prayer. The stillness. The moment.
The cut. The blast. The silence. The silence. The silence.
PEYCHO KANEV is the author of 4 poetry collections and two chapbooks. His collection Bone Silence was released in 2010 by Desperanto, NY and Уиски в тенекиена кутия (Whiskey in a Tin Can), 2013, Американски тетрадки (American Notebooks), 2010, Разходка през стените (Walking Through Walls), 2009 were published in Bulgaria. Peycho Kanev has won several European awards for his poetry and he’s nominated for the Pushcart Award and Best of the Net. Translations of his books will be published soon in Italy, Poland and Russia. His poems have appeared in more than 900 literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Columbia College Literary Review, Hawaii Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Sheepshead Review, Off the Coast, The Coachella Review, Two Thirds North, Sierra Nevada Review, The Cleveland Review and many others.