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Against Obscurity(6)
(1923-2005 / Fundão)

Against Obscurity(6)

Poem By Eugénio de Andrade

The gaze lets go from ripeness.
I don't know what to do with a gaze
overflowing from a tree,
what to do with that ardour

overflowing from the mouth,
and waiting on the ground to flow back to the source.
I don't know the destiny of light,
but whatever it may be

it is the same as that of a gaze: the same
fraternal dust,
a delayed pain gathering, the shadow,
quivering still,

of a startled skylark.

Translation: 2003, Alexis Levitin

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