GERMAIN DROOGENBROODT (edited by)
In the morning
I wake up like a gazelle
enjoying myself in the mountainside,
waiting for you.
buried among flowers,
I start to draw
your name in the womb of the river’s water.
full of love,
and then I wait for you
till you come at night,
till you come to perch on me like a bird
and undulate your body
like a flag
over my body.
© GIOCONDA BELLI (Nicaragua, 1948 – )
Translation: Germain Droogenbroodt – Stanley H. Barkan
My soul was a light blue dress, the color of the sky;
I left it on a rock by the sea
and naked I came to you, looking like a woman.
And like a woman I sat at your table
and drank a toast in wine, inhaling the scent of
You found me beautiful, like something you saw in
I forgot everything, I forgot my childhood and my
I only knew that your caresses held me captive.
And smiling you held up a mirror and asked me
I saw that my shoulders were made of dust and
I saw that my beauty was sick and wished only to –
Oh, hold me tight in your arms so close
so that I need nothing more.
EDITH SÖDERGRAN (Sweden, 1892-1923)
DO YOU KNOW?
Do you know?
never was so happy like this night
Never. And you told it
at the very moment
I decided not to tell you
I probably deceave myself
but I believe
and it appears to me
that this is the most beautiful night of my life.
IDEA VILARIÑO (URUGUAY 1920-2009)
Translation: Germain Droogenbroodt
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