Monday, February 20, 2012

Tuesday Poem--Penniless Lovers by Eugenio de Andrade


PENNILESS LOVERS
They had faces open to whoever passed.
They had legends and myths
and a chill in the heart.
They had gardens where the moon strolled
hand in hand with the water.
They had an angel of stone for a brother.
They had like everyone
the miracle of the every day
dripping from the roofs;
and golden eyes
glowing with
a wilderness of dreams.
They were hungry and thirsty like animals,
and there was silence
around their steps.
But at every gesture they made,
a bird was born from their fingers
and, dazzled, vanished into space.
Eugenio de Andrade
(trans. from the Portuguese by Alexis Levitin)

4 comments:

  1. "[...] gardens where the moon strolled
    hand in hand with the water." Such a lovely line.

    The imagery in this poem--such as, everyday miracles dripping from roofs--is stunning.

    Thank you for this, Melissa. :)

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  2. I agree, stunning poem - even more notable because it has survived translation so well.

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  3. Dear Jayne, so glad you found much to love in this poem. xo

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  4. Dear AJ, yes, that's one thing that often gets overlooked--how well the beautifies of a poem survive the translation. Thanks for reminding us!

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