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Old people say that whenever
someone lights a cigarette from a candle
a sailor dies.
Among sailors, I suppose,
there is a belief that when they shave
in an odd direction, an academic dies.
And they try not to shave.
The point is that we think
about each other.
© Kristin Dimitrova
© Gregory O'Donoghue, translated
© E-magazine LiterNet, 09.04.2006, № 4 (77)
Kristin Dimitrova. A Visit to the Clockmaker. Cork: Southword Edition (Ireland),