Smartass John and Crazy Jane
Scene 10: Flying Over The River
Translation © Eso A.B.
to climb the raven’s back.
Once he lay in its down,
he dug his fingers
deep into the raven’s feathers.
The raven rose into the air
It had not flown far,
When Smartass John raised his head.
He was surprised to see
they were flying directly above the
He saw Crazy Jane was still standing in the stream
and pulling bucket after hollow bucket
through the water.
Rozinante was standing by the riverside
and watching with consternation.
Smartass John called to Jane:
The Sun said you are
free to go!”
John noticed tears
were streaming down her cheeks.
This is how he came to understand, at last,
And Crazy Jane was
but bathing in her sorrows.
of people stood waiting their turn
to hang themselves.
The corpses hanging
and watering the roots of the tree.
Perhaps that is the reason why
the oak, watered by a mix of tears and piss
is such a symbol of strength.
The Sun says that the gallows
are meant for ministers of state
and hunters only;
for all who insult the bonds
between nature and man
by deriving pleasure from
causing torture or death.
A fierce wind and cold forced one
to keep one’s mouth shut.
It was a time
for Smartass John to admit to himself:
“I am getting worried.”
The raven flew yet higher again
and soon was flying over a large sea.
No matter how many flying fish
were hunting crickets that flew
over their watery domain
the sea became ever smaller.
How large is the sea?
How large is the lake?
Just how high it flew
no one knows.
Smartass John thought
that it would have been
perhaps better not to run after
Princess Unsurpassable Beauty
after all. Perhaps he should have
been happy to stay with Crazy Jane,
who had proved that she
did not lag behind him
in finding pleasure in pleasure.
As Smartass John held
to the raven’s black feathers,
he inadvertently rubbed the gold ring again.
It was her turn to be surprised.
to hear this.
“Dead men are not nearly
as much fun as I am,” he shot back.
The raven can pick their ribs clean,
without taking worry
they will begin to dance.
How large is the puddle?
the dead eye of a horse.
hear these words,
it flipped, flew on its back,
and ruffled its feathers.
he fell out of the sky.