Anonymous: The Message of King Sakis & The Legend Of The Twelve Dreams He Had In One Night

1

I saw a gold pillar from earth to heaven.

2

I saw a dark towel
hanging from heaven to earth.

3

I saw three boiling kettles:
one of grease, one of butter, and one of water,
and grease boiled over into butter
and butter into water
but the water boiled all by itself.

4

I saw an old mare with a colt
and a black eagle pulling grass by its roots
and laying it down before the mare
while the colt neighs.

5

I saw a bitch lying on a dunghill
while the puppies were barking from her womb.

6

I saw many monks soaked in pitch
wailing because they can’t get out.

7

I saw a beautiful horse
grazing with two heads—
one in front, one in the back.

8

I saw precious stones, pearls, and royal wreaths
scattered over the whole kingdom,
but fire came down from heaven
and burnt everything into ashes.

9

I saw the rich giving workers
gold or silver or rice,
but when they came back to ask for their rewards
found that no one was left.

10

I saw evil-faced rocks descending
from the sky
and walking all over the earth.

11

I saw three virgins in a stubble field
bearing wreaths of sunlight on their heads
and sweet-smelling flowers in their hands.

12

I saw men with narrow eyes,
with hairs standing up and cruel fingernails,
and these were the devil’s own servants.

Translated by Charles Simic

 

 

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