Log Cabin Chronicles

Salamanders on the Northern Road


Salamanders cross the northern
road. Slow and indifferent they
crawl towards the fence. I brake
suddenley, stop the patrol. In the valleys
and in the fields everything suddenly falls silent:
a poisonous orange color, black tail
stripes, but their radiance darkens
the morning light. On guard, helmets,
I order. But neither flak jackets
nor chain armour are any use
any more: in the bright orange that suddenly
explodes, I see them, withdrawing lazily, innocent,
oh, so innocent, as if they didn't bear
on their backs intimations of their warning.

Translated from the Hebrew by Asher Harris.

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