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The Stranger

Karl Young*

 

 

light

on the water

red or green

austere silence

insults intensity

kind people

kind acts

slap

mirrors

cupboards

toilet bowls

unjust laws

poisoned fig trees

bark at the absolute

buy acquiescence

overwhelm acceptance

accumulate bitterness

entangle decorum

legitimize disease

renounce aversion

fatten vexation

exhaust equilibrium

in the suns's full glare

stop

each

chain

make yourself comfortable

in spite of the trial

emptiness vibrates

the victim calls witnesses

plaster machinery

naked laughter

slimy wheels

see yourself as adversary

or the winch of jealousy

the magistrate is an invoice

a coffin of confused noise

a splash of nervous clarity

or simple nausea

hardly necessary

ice cream or cranium

habituated hate hates breath

dirty tricks

charming cheeks

preoccupied carrion

while fortune's funeral

classifies file cabinets

automatically authorizes

heart

collar

eyes

shirtsleeves

anger

boiling mouth half closed

empty bottle

collaborate to calm down

sweaty vigil

teeth

lace

departure with nothing to say

prisoner's stage fright

ruled in squares

prosecutor's functioning madness

starched with kerosene

cell's hope for flame

canker's song

afternoon's ash

lime's weariness

float on your back

deface information

purge procedure

carry luck

fascinate fish

swim forward

scatter the droplets

let waves

comb your hair

taste salt's constancy

swim tranquil

swim lazy

swim silent

swim singing

swim as in dreams

swim through partitions of chemical constraint

swim against mischance

swim beyond hope

swim beyond punishment

dive into the open sea

descend

carefully

slowly

sensually

hear motors

dreaming bells

profound vibrations

descend into cooler layers

withdraw into nothingness

anonymous joy

imagine being

condemned

to life

courtesy

flows away

like memory

of Chinese chocolate

nail down

association

knife's blade

wave

streetlight

abyss in your pocket

flee funeral smoke

embrace the rush

obliging kindness

fried face

scab of years

cymbals of typists

well adapted to

amorous wetness

blushing silk

tacit as the tide

rub on oil

wake up again

wash dishes

get dressed

wash your face

go outside

it's my city

balcony

bluejeans

ticket

ink and wings

plumbers and cops

caretakers and pimps

luck and fear

movies and brandy

turning fan

railroad

remove money

unscrew astonishment

pardon

window

spaghetti

lotteries

sugar

luxury

shuttering logic

skin

pavement

shells of pleasure

shrug at the faint light

hammer memory

circle minutia

notch

sink

streetcar

tobacco

stairwell

frying pan

bloody sawdust

rolling apple

sudden rain

raucous drunks

open skylight

sweaty waist

morning radio

red wine

smooth glass

smells of gasoline

of coffee

of fish

sunlight falls on

window sill

curtain

walls

this room

streets

city

river

 

[The vocabulary for this poem was derived from English equivalents of words and phrases in Albert Camus' L'Etranger.]

 

 

*2008 WOOD COIN: Flag Football Issue: Young, “The Stranger”

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