memorial for a brilliant woman

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

(Title In process- it was stored as Two Questions)

No wind, no mist,
no covering to shut out day,
dark ‘nobody knows
nor shall know’
I am
a camera, shun the critical eye

have tried tobebigger:
piss, pot, pie, purchased
not nearly enough times
it might be thought redundant
to say not nearly too few.

Grow, grow up, state your mind, you
commit yourself, commensurate
in all ways much as can be,
little one- Oh! Forgive the slip,
everyone knows you can't be serious.

(the quote is from Don't Kill Yourself by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
translated from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Bishop

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