Four Poems|Peycho Kanev



You must always be—you always have to be yourself.

Each branch on the trees outside is different

from the rest, every leaf, too.

Each puddle of mud reflect the moon in

its own way. The fire in the stove is

never the same. The cold, too.


The world is ubiquitous, the world is fleeting.

Our old photos in the albums are

what we could have been in the past.

Our pains are alike, but whatever you’ve gone through,

there is always someone else who has suffered

much more than you.

Is not that right?


The sacred image of the saint on the mantle is silent.


Hey, do you remember me?

– says the knife to the scar.







If while I sit quietly on some hill,

watching the green mountain in the distance,

and someone put a gun to my head and ask:

“What’s the meaning of this life? Spill it!”

Then I will answer:

“See the bird flying through the air,

but air behind it remains the same”.




The Language is a World


The language is a world

in which

I live together with the day

and the night


with the mountain’s tree-tops

swaying slowly


inside the dust bathed light


From the beginning until the end

of this silence:


that moment—



between the divine and defied

(you and me)

lies enormous





A Friendly Advice



I want you to read very carefully

between the lines…







This way you will see that there’s nothing

bigger than the void between the words.


Photo by Eric Prouzet on Unsplash


Peycho Kanev is the author of 6 poetry collections and three chapbooks, published in the USA and Europe. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, such as: Rattle, Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Front Porch Review, Hawaii Review, Barrow Street, Sheepshead Review, Off the Coast, The Adirondack Review, Sierra Nevada Review, The Cleveland Review and many others. His new chapbook titled Under Half-Empty Heaven was published in 2019 by Grey Book Press.

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