‘Trees’ by Ágnes Nemes Nagy


Learn. The winter trees.
Hoarfrosted crown to root.
Immovable curtains.

And learn too of the zone
where a crystal steams
and trees merge into mists,
as the body in recollection of it.
And behind the trees , the river
mute wings of the wild duck
the whiteblind blue night
of hooded objects standing:
it is here we must learn the trees’
inexpressible deeds.
Trees by Ágnes Nemes Nagy, from Between , Selected Poems of Ágnes Nemes Nagy, translated by Hugh Maxton, Corvina Press , Budapest and Dedalus Press , Dublin. 1988.