A Little Picture

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Aigerim Tazhi, tr. from the Russian by J. Kates

 

Fishermen went out to sea
Fisherwomen ran after them
A boy is standing in the doorway
With a toy ship
His eyes have dried up
Deep inside them
The silhouettes of skeletons
Tangled in anchors

Aigerim Tazhi was born in the western Kazakh city of Aktobe in 1981. She is a graduate of the Aktyubinsk (Zhubanov) State University. She has received numerous literary prizes and lives in Almaty, Kazakhstan. J. Kates is a poet and literary translator who lives in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.