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Thursday, February 5, 2015

filling each other with silence



 Pieces of Shadow by James Sabines (translated by W. S. Merwin)

I don’t know it for certain, but I imagine
that a man and a woman
fall in love one day,
little by little they come to be alone,
something in each heart tells them that they are alone,
alone on the earth they enter each other,
they go filling each other.

It all happens in silence. The way
light happens in the eye.
Love unites bodies.
They go on filling each other with silence.

One day they wake up, over their arms.
Then they think they know the whole thing,
They see themselves naked and they know the whole thing...

1 comment:

  1. i left the last line off the poem. it appears in its entirety like this:

    Pieces of Shadow by James Sabines (translated by W. S. Merwin)

    I don’t know it for certain, but I imagine
    that a man and a woman
    fall in love one day,
    little by little they come to be alone,
    something in each heart tells them that they are alone,
    alone on the earth they enter each other,
    they go filling each other.

    It all happens in silence. The way
    light happens in the eye.
    Love unites bodies.
    They go on filling each other with silence.

    One day they wake up, over their arms.
    Then they think they know the whole thing,
    They see themselves naked and they know the whole thing.

    (I’m not sure about this. I imagine it.)

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