Distancing Boredom: Houses Keep Apart

by Christian Parreno


To whom should one give
a drop of indolent
humanity’s weeping?

A life’s mercy

Houses keep apart
not to disturb me

Thread of moist heat at the neck

of sauntering odalisques with parasol

How immovable is the air

The litany of numbers on closed doors
that I follow to accompany me

This night too will pass

This gadding life
Faltering shadow of trolley car wires
on the dank asphalt

I gaze at moon-faces of hack drivers wavering

Sleep comes
so cautiously
for a moment to take me away

Ungaretti, Giuseppi (1961) ‘Boredom’ in The Transatlantic Review , No. 7. New York – USA: Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation. 13-14