István Domonkos (1940- ) “Broken Rudder”

sudek man shadowIstván Domonkos

Broken Rudder

for István Bosnyák

[A poem reflecting the vicissitudes endured by a guest worker in Europe – tr.]

 

My mind is vagrant in conflicted winds
Like an anchorless galley on the seas
Its rudder broken
No haven in anyone’s love.
(Bálint Balassi)
                  SUDATORY SYSTEMS: In capitalist industry, various systems for increasing the intensity of labor.
(Shorter Dictionary of Economics)
                                                                        PROLETARIAT:  The class of wageworkers in a capitalist society. Deprived of ownership of the means of production, it is compelled to sell its labor to capitalists.
(Shorter Dictionary of Economics)
POPULATION MIGRATION:  Immigration of citizens of certain countries with the goal of permanent or temporary settlement in another country.
(Shorter Dictionary of Economics)
i be
i no speak magyar
live abroad life
money lingo flag
anthem stamp
presidents big bosses
scrape up what needed
where i end up
we all die anyway
on wrong battlefield
eggbeater handle
stick out of skull
world flow this way
world flow that way
this be poem
death climb
wordwall of china
writers put out
old tired truth
in manskin covers
they generals
of national books
can’t take strong smell of
national dishes here
make portable homeland
out of abroad country
go foreign land
mit working papers
bacon in luggages
2 loaf bread
i no see
new horizon
me go abroad
step on squeaky snow
life in furs
sock me right in kisser
i be
presidents big bosses
we all die anyway
on wrong battlefield
me little furry one
no play violin in foreign land
give me pill and
i swallow it
we be done soon
me shuffle cards
say oink-oink
eat russian revolution caviar
look for me
and find rhyme
myrhyme myrhyme
myrrrhyme
i be 30
flash by day
grope by night
night on snow-white sheet
day go through sharp trees
sock me right in kisser
i be
presidents big bosses
death climb
wordwall of china
me write
letter home
mama i be bacteria carrier
me infect not talk
touch
me outlive ideas systems
carry cross when state gets funeral
i be revolution-alchemist
with plastic flower in buttonhole
me finish grade school
have big party abroad
magic bomb
curved barrel rifle
shoot dead king
my soul wear no underwear
words and beards and blood
tasty packing
frozen dry
samson keep his strength
on rainbow night
marx come white glove
sock me right in kisser
i be
presidents big bosses
we all die anyway
on wrong battlefield
i get letter
it come from eger
old willy
gellért son fifi
shqiptar left nina
gramps fell off bike
ambulance took him
market wednesday
priest come collect tax
wash shirt and drawers
dig grave
not dare close eyes
hear mouse scratch
me stand on marble base
life on tiptoe
sock me right in kisser
i be
presidents big bosses
mit working papers
bacon in luggages
2 loaf bread
i go to store on foot
in store is dolores
she spanish
she sit register
have big breast
soft shape
little moustache on leg
good smell
presh nails
i brave enough
two greeks in front of me
them buy bread soap onion
in my pants big press
press be illegal
me stand
stand blind at register
life come incognito
sock me right in kisser
i be
presidents big bosses
eggbeater handle stick out of skull
me walk street grombi coat
fly air
whatchacallit bird
puretype dog sit postoffice
i smell whatchama flowers
ohne smell
me think
i no go home
grab hoe
raise lifestyle
make spine a
curve line
drawing
i used to
capitalist work discipline
have two days off
nightmare get fired
sit assembly line
that be my profit
i get huge wealthy
life at horseraces with binoc case
sock me right in kisser
i be
presidents big bosses
writers put out
old tired truth
in manskin covers
they generals
of national books
i go library
play chess
pavlik sit there
he czech
he do big castling
after russians settle here
marcuse satre godard
morris laing russel nietzsche
kepler galilei newton
einstein poincaré lukács
marshall mcluhan
pavlik run his mouth
me get mated
king and two pawns
lenin be immigrant
marx be immigrant
joyce musil mann brecht
bartók picasso chagall
marx it be hard on him
wife called jenny
rilke baudelaire rimbaud
all wander
i live foreign land on beans
life real quick in front of pharmacy
sock me right in kisser
i be
bosses presidents
go foreign land
mit working papers
bacon in luggages
2 loaf bread
i go dentist
he herr schmidt
show me photo
black and white
he defend bridge in helmet
poor little hansie die
stomach no handle
nail lead thistle
rainmaggots
latrine bananas
herr schmitt like italian pizza
no secrets from his patient
summer he spend on adriatic
he love skirt and garlic
he love fat woman
he love it from the back from the front
death come from east
i coward
shake a lot
in waiting room life with flyswatter
sock me right in kisser
i be
bosses presidents
death climb
wordwall of china
i back up down street
buy wiener
price real cheap
knees in pants
hit my walk stick
go dolores
a magyar stand on corner
all morning
he be refugee king
when he drink
sit in prison five year
look in mirror
sun moon hanging tisza river bend
every morning guard say
you hang soon too
he hang foreign land
on foot on train
evening fright
tree whoosh in window
he cut down tree
friends of nature come
write article
article come last page
he not just any guy
he come psychiatrist
i hang forever on wet silk cord
life see stars
on my soles endless swollen purple
i be
live abroad life
money lingo flag
anthem stamp
presidents big bosses
scrape up what needed
where i end up
psychiatrist say
relex relex magyar
no think what gonna come
no think what was
go alp go tirol
go copacabana go hawaii
go bankwit go balls
new guinea still live cannibals
go brazil go sahara
moscow ankara
go on streets carry sign
be exciting demonstration
provoke cop on beat
wave red cloth
be communist
promise good time
torture-life
be old-style prole
patch up maxicoat
eat side order no meat
in public place at movies
poke around in secret
warm silk
when no one look
stick snout in chocolate
i go sign on my back
life come with nightstick
sock me right in kisser
i be
presidents big bosses
we all die anyway
on wrong battlefield
psychiatrist say
sleep sleep
no enemy around
no whisper
tree at window
no cell guard hanging
bend in tisza river
buy dog
buy
go spain mallorca
eat
watch bull
smell mimosa
eat salt fish
no read paper
vechere vechere
supper supper
sweet sweet dreams dreams
revolutionfestival
entertainmentwar
corpseauction bonemerchants
distribute confiskate
nationalize bankrut
domestic market soul
work off lockout
i get away with it
life come honorable
sock me right in kisser
i be
presidents big bosses
no see anywhere limit
see new horizon
i walk down street
see herr hallon
walk dog
on other side
he come from india far
be dry there
animal die
people lie dead
mama night jump into well
papa go pilgrim
he go foreign land
he be doctor
mansion pool money
water milk honey oil
his mama night jump into well
his mama eight child
all die
sky ash ganges
he no india
he new name new passport
he get telegram
papa burn ash ganges
he wife buchenwald
he wife nerve liver heart lung
he wife divan nightgown
he wife communist doctor physic
he wife he wife
i quiet he gab
life soon climb flagpole
wave there long
i be
presidents big bosses
go foreign land
mit working papers
bacon in luggages
2 loaf bread
me rudder broken
me country broken
this no be poem
i imitate poem
poem be puddle
sit there be sponge
ruin new clothings
find in puddle
many fat maggot
for proletariat
proletariat future drop hook
catch bathroom
poem be ask:
able little mouse carry
on his back whole house
if slip in hole?
i two kids
i motor saw
cut tree forest
i mushroom
i bird
i many wild animal
many thing
not know name
afternoon dark tired
evening hard siphon
lady sheet bed
clitoris
put finger on there
no think
collective no think private
Djuphult, Sweden, 1971
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