Orides Fontela: Three Poems

Night

To hide (to forget)
the face
to inter (to occult)
the light
to darken
love to
sleep.
To watch over what is born.

 

Angel

I
An angel
is fire:
it is consumed.
An angel
is gaze:
it introverts.

II
An angel
is crystal:
it dissolves.
An angel
is light
and is put out

 

Vesper

The evening star is
ripe
and without any perfume.
The evening star is
barren
and most high:
after her is
only silence.

 

translated from the Portugese by Chris Daniels

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