Taking His Name, In Translation

Margaret Szumowski loves the mouth of her last name,
The zoom that gave her the last name,
The zoom that gave her the oom, the oom pah pah
Of a lover, the zooming in of a morning lover, the zoo
Of marriage and children, the oom of loving his
Delicious self again and again, the ski of the downslope
And the zoom of the downslope and the crash on the downslope
And the strength to ski up the mountain, the bloom of the zoom
Of marrying this Polish wonder, Chopin of the West,
The slips and lips of loving him, the ow of some moment,
The awe of his lips, his touch, the groom she always wanted
On skis, prince of skis. The sh of shmovski as it should
Be said, the sh of the two softly together, the show
Of bodies, the moving, the garret of her name, the favorite
Garret where she visits the mar that she loves so much, what mars her
And what keeps her, the mar at the edge of the sea,
Mar ski, the love of water, the love of her Polish boy,
The sea of marriage to her Polski, making the mouth
Of love to her Polish lover, Szumowski.

 

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