Carlos Pardo


Workers On A Bus
in the original Spanish

To age another year in the summer

But not even two sensible lovers
slow down the hostile
weft of the eucaliptis.

Like in a watercolor in front of a group
of critics in training,
west opens a wound
between the canoeists.

It occurs to me that we are snails
on a sprig, two
pieces pressed together

in the fist of sea shells
on a yellow stem

violating some law of matter.

Translated by Curtis Bauer

“Fidelity” is from Echado a perder [Spoiled] (Madrid, Visor, 2007); this English translation appeared in The Dirty Goat #25.

First posted on September 23, 2011 6:40 AM