February 9th, 2008

poetry, exceptindreams

134: With a Green Scarf

"With a Green Scarf"
Marin Sorescu

With a green scarf I blindfolded
the eyes of the trees
and asked them to catch me.

At once the leaves caught me,
their leaves shaking with laughter.

I blindfolded the birds
with a scarf of clouds
and asked them to catch me.

The birds caught me
with a song.

Then with a smile I blindfolded
my sorrow
and the day after it caught me
with a love.

I blindfolded the sun
with my nights
and asked the sun to catch me.

I know where you are, the sun said,
just behind that time.
Don't bother to hide any longer.

Don't bother to hide any longer,
said all of them,
as well as all the feelings
I tried to blindfold.

Translated from the Romanian by Michael Hamburger