Translation of Light / Ruhama Veltfort

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POEMS
Opening
Sandscape
Shrapnel
Lost Child
Brooklyn, 1963
La Sirena
Zhikr
Susan, Number Four

Early Bird Sutra
Why the Boddhisattva Came
   to Battery Street: 7:55 AM

The Lightning-Struck Tower
The Well
Why Monks Are Fat
Retreat
Meada in Two Worlds

Looking at the Vault
   of Heaven

Translations from the Spanish:
Song of the Lovers
Dark Night: Climbing
   Mount Carmel

Flame

 

 

La Sirena

Spider sister, spellbinder
Waiting in the web of your magic shop
Amid the sweet spicy smell of incense and herbs
Among the bright candles.
Your fish tail dips in the ocean, our mother memory.
From that wet land of dreams, the moist matrix of life
You pick a shell and offer it with an incantation.
Spirit sister, soulbinder
In your big, generous body
you emerge from the waves
To give, without stinginess or reservation
Our birthright: the secret powers of the seas.

   © Ruhama Veltfort, 2010  

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