The Confident Answer

Author: • October 15, 2017 • Poems

© Ethan Lofton, via Flickr.comSelfies invented by the son of a river god

were rediscovered millennia later. Image

betrays shortcomings of imagination. Look

at the young couple next to a fruit tree

with a sarcastic snake hanging out –


their genitals covered, the fake navel

exposed. Shouldn’t it be other way round?

Be ready then to embrace the Earth

featuring a host of dinosaurs’ bones

implanted to stir up curiosity,


the sky of remote-controlled stars,

and elastic time that could be stretched from

six thousand of something to twenty billion

of something and shrunken back

to a cheerful statement of ignorance.


The bogus universe we are thrown into

reveals vitality of a circular connotation:

it inspires breeding of mud-made figurines.

Keep asking the same question again and again.

Expect the confident answer.

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About the Author

Cecile's Writer: Boris KokotovAuthor: Boris Kokotov

Country of residence: United States of America

Nationalities: Russian and American

Mother tongue: Russian

Boris Kokotov was born in Moscow, and currently lives in Baltimore. His poems and short stories have been published in periodicals in Russia, USA, UK, Australia, and Germany. He also translated selected poems of German Romantics and contemporary American poets to the Russian language. His translation of Louise Glück's ‘The Wild Iris’ was nominated for the best translation of the year 2012.

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