52 SONGS

...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

S.P. Poem #24: Poem Beginning with a Line By Transtromer


“Every problem cries in its own language”

is clear enough to those who read the news.


La Opinion states, “Muy enferma

la reforma sanitaria” - headline


to me of inert, mellifluous syllables,

boxes on the periodic table nice


to know but as unhooked to experience as those

situations the need to read, understand,


and apply the numbers next to the abbreviations

require. The line at the top of this page would be


the same if unshepherded into English, in this case

by Robin Fulton, or, in that other, by the AP


reporter, or translator the reporter hired,

who described a woman running through ruins


shouting, "God, we know you can kill us! We know

you're strongest! You don't need to show us!"

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