Archive for April 21st, 2020

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

In the Middle of the Road by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

In the middle of the road there was a stone
there was a stone in the middle of the road
there was a stone
in the middle of the road there was a stone.

Never should I forget this event
in the life of my fatigued retinas.
Never should I forget that in the middle of the road
there was a stone
there was a stone in the middle of the road
in the middle of the road there was a stone.

From: Milosz, Czeslaw (ed.), A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry, 1998, A Harvest Book (Harcourt, Inc.): Orlando, p. 8.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=h2qsBYOcJfQC)

Date: 1930 (original in Portugese); 1965 (translated in English)

By: Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987)

Translated by: Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)