Man had an eye
disease from staring at the cross.
Man had a heart
disease from making other men
stare at the cross.Man had a voice
like bells that flew to rome,
called the troops
to wash his gouty hands
It's cheetahs runnig
on a razor’s edge.
It's ocean trees
on barbed wire island.
It's fragrant clouds
behind a poison tank.
Let's say at seven
at the coffee shop.
Let’s hope the cheetahs will be there.Surrender to be a concrete man
to be a hero
to wait for the statue opposite
to concentrate on the shape
of things to passto rat on music
to wait for the fallGerald Jatzek
Gerald Jatzek is a poet and musician from Vienna, Austria,
who writes in German and English. He published books for
children and adults, short stories, plays for radio and
essays. 2001 he got the Austrian State Prize for Children’s
Poetry. His books have been translated into Korean and
Turkish, his poems have appeared in anthologies and literature
papers in Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy,
Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, the Netherlands and the
He runs a facebook page on poetry in several languages at