Marin Sorescu

by Marin Sorescu. Translated by Constantin Roman.
When the wicked
Are recycled in hell
Nothing goes to waste.

By means of tweezers
From women's heads are gleaned
Combs, grips, pins, rings,
Soft goods and bed linen.
Then they are cast
Into bubbling cauldrons
To see that the brimstone
Doesn't boil over.

Afterwards, some
Are made into saucepans
And carry hot sins
To the homes of retired devils.

The males too are made use of
For all the heavy work.
Except the very hairy:
They are rewoven
And made into doormats.

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