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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.