So MindloveMisery’s Menagerie’s Saturday “#Lucky Dip” prompt is to respond to the poem “Fable”, by Janos Pilinszky. I did, as I was intrigued by this poem.
Fable by Janos Pilinszky
Once upon a time
there was a lonely wolf
lonelier than the angels.
He happened to come to a village.
He fell in love with the first house he saw.
Already he loved its walls
the caresses of its brick layers.
But the window stopped him.
In the room sat people.
Apart from God nobody ever
found them so beauitful
as this child-like beast
So at night he went into the house.
He stopped in the middle of the room
and never moved from there anymore.
He stood all through the night, with wide eyes
and on into the morning when he was beaten to death.
Apart from God, D. Avery
Upon that time once
I was a lonely wolf
and so I came to your village
not to fill an empty heart
my heart was full.
Your house was full
and filled my full heart
not with longing
not with envy for
what you had I did not want
except to see what God had seen
I went to you wide-eyed and innocent
expecting only to see what God had seen
in you with my full heart
which I would have given you.
I sat in your dark
within the walls you’d built
I didn’t realize you were hiding
behind your layers of brick afraid
of what God might see in you.
You beat me until my full heart stopped beating
and I left without it
you threw epithets and derisions before
locking yourself inside where doubt will always haunt you.