Imago lacus

The picture above was taken by a dear friend, the American poet Debra Kang Dean (please do not use it without permission). I met Debra three years before, when I went to Walden to work with his late husband Brad, a great Thoreau scholar. Once we spent hours tracking this quotation: "Some men go fishing all their lives without ever realizing it's not fish they are after." We concluded that Thoreau never wrote it, but si non è vero...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Simic’s melon

There was a melon fresh from the garden
So ripe the knife slurped
          Charles Simic

Baratzeko meloia
hartu berria
hain zen heldua
labanari adurra zeriola
zabaltzean entzun izanagatik.

Ese melón del huerto
tan fresco y tan maduro
que salivó el cuchillo
al abrirlo.

Basque & Spanish translations courtesy of a conversation with Ana Gorría & Hasier Larretxea.

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