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POEM of the DAY

Monday, December 22

The Anger Which Breaks a Man into Children 

 

The anger which breaks a man into children,

which breaks the child into equal birds,

and from there, the bird into small eggs;

the anger of the poor 

has one oil against two vinegars.


The anger which breaks a tree into leaves,

and the leaf into uneven buds

and the bud, into telescopic grooves;

the anger of the poor has two rivers against many seas.


The anger which breaks the good into doubts

and doubt, into three similar arcs

and the arc, at once, into unforeseeable tombs;

the anger of the poor

has one steel against two daggers.


The anger which breaks the soul into bodies,

the body into dissimilar organs

and the organ, into octave meditations;

the anger of the poor

has one central fire against two craters.


October 26, 1937

Translated by Gerard Malanga

From Malanga Chasing Vallejo (2014)


La colera que quiebra al hombre en ninos


La colera que quiebra al hombre en ninos,

que quiebra al nino en [ajaros iguales,

y el parajo, despues, en huevecillos;

la colera del pobre

tien un aceite contra dos vinargres.


La colera que al arbol quiebra en hojas,

la hoja en botones desiguales

y al boton, en ranuras telescopicas;

la colear del pobre

tiene dos rios contra muchos mares.


La colera que quiebra al bien en dudas,

a la duda, en tres arcos semejantes

y al arco, luego, en tumblas imprevistas;

la colera del pobre

tiene un acero contra dos punales.


La colera que quiebra al alma en cuerpos,

al cuerpo en organos desmejantes

y al organo, en octavos pensamientos;

la colera del pobre

tiene un fuego central contra dos crateres. 

 

 

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