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LOCAL HISTORY

LOCAL HISTORY 

In the liquor store one is enchanted by a print
Of bears holding each other's arms, heads slung up
Singing, dancing about a hooded fire --- Tony
Behind the counter, has never danced ...
Just as Michelangelo tussled with the shape
Of a Venus, his impulse was to attach
Breasts to men ---
But Gene no longer has an interest in any kind of art.
My wife won't allow him in the house
Since he tumbled down the stairs --- Gene who spent
The last war sitting on the bridge in Sault Ste. Marie
Guarding the locks, numb fingers on an icy machine gun ...
Married a woman
Who became an eminent actress after she left him ---
Gene says, how hairy she was in reality. What he
Described of their intimate life
I once found fascinating ---
A dead branch like a claw.
Nothing so studied as something honored.
As we pivot in the park around the Civil War monument ---
This isn't Florence by any means ---
My wife squares her lips,
How wondrous is it to be discreet, the satisfactions
In maintaining a confidence ...
Sparrows flitting into glass,
Clutter of bodies on wet pea gravel ---
Those days when so much rain made the ground squeak
By itself

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HISTÓRIA LOCAL

Na loja de vinhos ficamos encantados com uma estampa
De ursos abraçados uns aos outros, cabeças descaídas
A cantar, a dançar à volta da fogueira --- Tony
Atrás do balcão, nunca dançou ...
Tal como Miguel Ângelo esculpiu o corpo
De Venus, para insinuar
As suas mamas ao homem ---
Mas Gene não tem mais interesse em qualquer tipo de arte.
A minha mulher não o quer em casa
Desde que ele caiu pelas escadas abaixo --- Gene que passou
A última guerra sentado na ponte de Sault Ste. Marie
De guarda ao bloqueio, dedos entorpecidos numa metralhadora gelada...
Casou com uma mulher
Que depois de o abandonar se tornou uma actriz famosa ---
Gene fala de quão difícil ela foi na realidade. Uma vez
Achei fascinante
O modo como descreveu a sua vida íntima ---
Um galho morto como uma garra.
Nada tão estudado como algo honroso.
Enquanto giramos em redor do monumento à Guerra Civil ---
De qualquer modo isto não é Florence ---
Minha mulher acaricia os seus lábios,
Que maravilha é ser discreta, a satisfação
De manter a confiança ...
Pardais flutuam no copo,
Confusão de corpos no cascalho molhado ---
Naqueles dias em que só por si a chuva intensa fez ranger
O chão

by Robert VANDERMOLEN, in "POETRY" (USA), November 2005

(Portuguese translated by Armando TABORDA, 2017)

(photo taken from Internet; edited by Armando TABORDA)

Lorenzo Kjell Salmonson, Ulrich John, ╰☆☆June☆☆╮, cammino and 3 other people have particularly liked this photo


12 comments - The latest ones
Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda
I love the Robert V. poetry, of an open and bare beauty, narrative of everyday stories written with a strict economy of words, without complex or hermetic petulance, like the script for the scenes of a movie.
2 months ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Des mots qui parlent +++++
Bon Jeudi.
2 months ago.
Armando Taborda has replied to Malik Raoulda
...qui racontent une histoire...

Bon jeudi à toi, mon cher!
2 months ago.
Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda
Je te remercie le fave, Nouchetdu38!
2 months ago.
Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda
Thanks for fave, goandgo!
2 months ago.
cammino
cammino
Impressive shot and text!
2 months ago.
Armando Taborda has replied to cammino
Thanks twice, cammino!
2 months ago.
Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda
Thanks for fave, June!
8 weeks ago.
Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda
Thanks for fave, Ulrich John!
8 weeks ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Your beautiful capture is greatly admired

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8 weeks ago.
Armando Taborda has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Thanks again, June!
8 weeks ago. Edited 8 weeks ago.
Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda
Thanks for fave, Lorenzo Salmonson!
8 weeks ago.