Friday, January 23, 2009

"Water night" by Octavio Paz

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Water night

Night with the eyes of a horse that trembles in the night,
night with eyes of water in the field asleep
is in your eyes, a horse that trembles,
is in your eyes of secret water.

Eyes of shadow-water,
eyes of well-water,
eyes of dream-water

Silence and solitude,
two little animals moon-led,
drink in your eyes,
drink in those waters.

If you open your eyes,
night opens, doors of musk,
the secret kingdom of the water opens
flowing from the center of the night.

And if you close your eyes,
a river fills you from within,
flows forward, darkens you:
night brings its wetness to beaches in your soul.

from, Early Poems 1935-1955)


Anonymous said...

I read the poems. I have been highly impressed by your haikus. It doesn't matter even if you break the 5-7-5 rule, as long as you can produce some good stuff

R.L. Bourges said...

beautiful poem, princess. specially like the lines

silence and solitude,
two little animals moon-led

The bonus here for me: the girl in the photograph has the face, the body and the body language I've been imagining for a character in one of my stories.

(you may wish to check the link to Early Poems)

Livia Salome Gnos said...

dear princess
I haven't stopped by in a while... thank you for your visits on my blog... How are your spider flowers?

Marion said...

"night brings its wetness to beaches in your soul."

How I love this line! Thank you, Princess.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

What a beautifully evocative poem, Princess, thank you for sharing it.