A poem by Jan Skácel who was banned during the Communist regime and tragically died ten days before the 1989 revolution. “

This article has been contributed by Ellen Delzenne – thanks Ellen!

Prague CityPoem - photo Ellen Delzenne

Prague CityPoem – photo Ellen Delzenne

Prague CityPoem #2: poem by Jan Skácel

This poem by Jan Skácel can be found in Prague in Mala Strana (the right bank of the river Vlatava). It is located in a park near metro station Malestraneska.

we light a candle for the new morning
unknown and without faces
like an angel, sleeping in the forest
waiting for its lumberjack

sometimes our angel feels anger
everyone has his own angel
and hope has wings of beech
and the heart is made of lime wood.

Many thanks to Jiřina Dzamková and Danielle Timmer for their translation!

Read more:

Jan Skácel on WikiPedia
Information about Skácel with more poems translated into English

And see the first Prague CityPoem on Inspiring Cities.

Original text in Czech:

novému ránu, rozžnem svíci
je neznámé a nemá tváře
jak anděl v dřevu spící
čekající na řezbáře někdy

se na nás anděl hněvá
anděla máme každý svého
a naděje má z buku křídla
a srdce z dřeva lipového} else {