Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Carlos Avila

Narcissus Poeticus

dried up

(in a waterless

ill planted
in a (tiny)
waste land
of the dim apartment:
how to resist
dust dirt pollution?

mistreated ex-narcissus
abandoned to its fate
(flat on the floor)
without well
or mirror

dried up
(alone in the vase)
without sweat or saliva
or tears
to save it

on its soul)

—Translated from the Portuguese by Regina Alfarano

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