Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing that makes water,
and nobody knows what that is.

–D. H. Lawrence

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Immortals (excerpt)



 The waist is not a rose.
Not a bird. Not feathers.
The waist is the rain,
Fragility, a moan
Giving itself to you. Use
your mortal arm to hug
fresh water, a love complaint.
Embrace, embrace it!
The entire rain looks like
a single reed. How it wavers
if there is a wind, if your mortal arm
is there, yes, today, you who love it!

–Vicente Aleixandre
translated from the Spanish by
Willis Barnstone and David Garrison


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