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A careful paw moves figurines

Sven Kretzschmar

Your elbows of no use for long marches, your sofa 

a tin can of empathy. Still questioning onions and 

chagrin for the colour of tears, and the cat at your 

fingertips asks how to abide us. Her purring 

suggests she is waiting for happiness

to thieve anthracite dust from bookshelves, windowsills, 

biscuit barrel caps. In that waveform find

the beauty in fluffsters: If you catch them by claws and 

hearts, they throw all their Dasein into belly rubs. 

Everything they are into that moment. Outside our 

French window all the gardens become different

every time you stretch a wool stocking-footed limb or 

nap your eyelids near a pillow. A careful paw moves 

figurines like pieces on an oversized chessboard

where I try to remain the last man standing. We have 

no trance, all we have are dances. If we do not share a 

dream, then how will we end it?

Sven Kretzschmar hails from Germany. His work has been published internationally, e.g., in Writing Home. The ‘New Irish’ Poets (Dedalus Press, 2019), Hold Open the Door (UCD Press, 2020), Das Gedicht, The Irish Times and more. He was awarded 2nd place at the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2022.

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