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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

José Juan Tablada

from Haiku of a Day

Tender willow,
almost gold, almost amber,
almost light...
*

The geese on their
clay trumpets sound
false alarms.
*

Although he never stirs from home
the tortoise, like a load of furniture,
jolts down the path.
*

Restore to the bare bough,
nocturnal butterfly,
the dry leaves of your wings!
*

The brilliant moon
working through its web
keeps the spider awake.

Translated by Samuel Beckett

1 comment:

Josh_Hanson said...

Thanks for these. I just went and took down my "Anthology of Mexican Poetry" to find more. Wonderful stuff.