Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Piedad Bonnett / Something Beautiful Ends

Something Beautiful Ends

By Piedad Bonnett
Translated by Nicolás Suescún

Every day of the world
something beautiful ends.
Jaroslav Seifert

as if you were an old, tired star,
light has left you. And the creature
you lighted
(and who lighted
your eyes, blind to the world's
trivial things)
is now mortal again.
Everything recovers
its density, its weight, its volume,
the poor balance that supports
your new winter. Be glad.
Your entrails are now again your entrails
and not coarse food of anxiety.
You're no longer that drunk and uncertain god
that you turned out to be. Bite
the bone they give you,
down to the marrow,
pick up the crumbs memory leaves behind.

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