Category Archives: David Scanlon (Translations)

Poems Translated by David Scanlon

THE KEEPER OF FLOCKS – XXVI

If I do interrogate when I am astonishedNo new fresh flowers are born in the meadowsNor does it change anything in the sun so that it becomes more beautiful…(Even if fresh flowers were born in the meadowAnd the sun changed … Continue reading

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THE KEEPER OF FLOCKS – XXIII

My blue eyes are like the sky Which is calm like water in the sunlight. It is so, blue and calm, Because we don’t interrogate not even in astonishment…

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THE THIRST FOR INDEPENDENCE

What can sharpen this thirst for our freedom? What can help shake our love to be beaten? When will mother earth break our shackles free? When, in her love, will we and things be? Wasn’t there once another spirit in … Continue reading

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MELODY

Like a knife in a fruit Causes a sliding harm, Her melodies sweet lute Splits hearts that in calm Tender harm transmute. — An iridescent slowing In arpeggios, in chords, Dives, sharp and cunning, To the weakness of hoards, Our … Continue reading

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THE KEEPER OF FLOCKS – XLIV

I suddenly wake up at night, And my watch occupies the whole night. I no longer feel Nature outside. My room is one dark thing with walls dimly white. Outside there is a stillness as if nothing exists. Only the … Continue reading

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