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Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Lights Like Poets by Fina García Marruz (Josefina García-Marruz Badía)

The evening empties, inexplicably.
Places no longer receive us,
toss us out, to the elements. There’s
cold and wind. Sounds
linger, trembling in the air,
don’t know to disappear.
And then a poet
the usual one, somewhere,
takes a blank sheet of paper, totals up
the void (consoled by
the fine arabesque of his writing
on silence), drafts
an image, a lovely
turn of phrase perhaps, perhaps
fleeting, no matter.
No one will know the other half
of his day, falling into shadow,
the real, the not written, what was
knocking at the doors of everything beautiful
like a beggar. And who knows
if the snow, the star,
are also the void’s
merciful stories, and you,
you, too, lights
of autumn, lit up
houses, so many other
beggar poets?


Date: 2018 (original in Spanish); 2018 (translation in English)

By: Fina García Marruz (Josefina García-Marruz Badía) (1923- )

Translated by: Katherine M. Heeden (1971- ) and Janet McAdams (1957- )