Vistula: Bear Witness

The ripples of your waters have wed the moon

lavished by the passion of nymph girls

from your sword and armour

elegant by nature, holding back tears

while all around red October incites nationalism

to fire straight at Warsaw’s heart

Vistula: bear witness

so that you may burn once more

surging with the world’s dreams: sediments of suffering.

Zahid M. Naser
Translated from the Malay by Pauline Fan