Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Poesia e Primavera... Poetry and Spring...

Furu ike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto
Matsuo Basho
The old pond,
A frog jumps in:
Translated by Alan Watts
Into the ancient pond
A frog jumps
Water’s sound!
Translated by D.T. Suzuki
The old pond;
A frog jumps in —
The sound of the water.
Translated by Robert Aitken

Love After Love

The time will come
When with elation,
You will greet yourself arriving
At your own door, in your own mirror,
And each will smile at the other's welcome,

And say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your Self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
To Thyself, to the stranger who has loved you

All your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes.
Peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Derek Walcott

Some good poetry links:


claudia said...

Some great shots, some great poems and some interesting links. Today your blog is packed with interesting stuff (as it usually is, anyway) bjs

M.P. said...

I find your post today really right for the season... Lovely water lillies and beautiful poetry! And Spring... once again! Thank you for the links. I'll bookmark them and I bet I will be using them soon : )**