They Were Lying Naked

by Dmitry Blizniuk

(translated by Sergey Gerasimov from Russian)

They were lying naked in the dark,
parts of their bodies jumbled;
they were lying blissful, dissolved in each other.
There was unearthly, ultraviolet light around,
and they could see in the darkness, like cats.
Their minds merged together into one;
a kite soared in the black starry nakedness–
looking into each other’s eyes,
you come closer and closer,
until your pupils touch.
They were lying naked in the dark,
like the Universe used to lie just after the Big Bang,
still unable to understand what they had done.
But nine billion years later,
on a small planet in the constellation of Navel,
something unknown will be born–life.
They are blissful now, here, among all those stars…
Some careless gods were making love,
and life is their unwanted child.


Dmitry Blizniuk is an author from Ukraine. His most recent poems have appeared in Poet Lore, The Pinch, Press53, Salamander, Grub Street,The Nassau Review, Havik, Naugatuck River, and many others. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he is also the author of  The Red Fоrest (Fowlpox Press, 2018). He lives in Kharkov, Ukraine. Member of PEN America. Poets & Writers Directory:

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