Our bodies unfurl
and then curl
into each other
under night’s cover.
We are waves in motion
on an inky ocean
or sand-blown stones
hidden in a desert’s undertones.
We are intertwined
limbs, hearts, souls and minds,
dancing in the dark
until we spark –
stars falling
in the empty sky of morning.

Kim M. Russell, 13th August 2019

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Lost in the Translation, also linked to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform

Laura is our host today, and she has introduced three foreign language poets of diverse time and place: the Serbian poet Desanka Maksimović (1896-1993); Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957); and Octavio Paz (1914-1998), a Mexican Nobel prize winner. 

The challenge is to select one of the poems and write our own interpretation. Laura suggests using the title or some of the words or just trying to keep the flavour of poem and poet.  She asks us to refer to the chosen poem – I chose ‘Two Bodies’ by Octavio Paz, mainly because of the imagery.

46 thoughts on “Bodies

  1. “We are waves in motion / on an inky ocean / or sand-blown stones / hidden in a desert’s undertones.” I love the imagery here. Great work!

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  2. thanks for joining in Kim – so much movement in your two bodies – you have given them a very fluid and feminine (in the yang sense) shape and so nicely rhymed
    “and-blown stones
    hidden in a desert’s undertones.”

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  3. You had me at /the empty sky of morning/. I liked your internal rhymes too. I’ve never thought of a morning sky that way; very existential–a new day, as empty as an atom, yet in the negative space rife with the promise of everything.

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  4. I like this, Kim, even though you left with a sparky ending. It is the way I envision two bodies close close might act. Typical for marriages and relationships.
    BTW, there is a great Perseid meteor shower visible last night and tonight. Best viewed after the moon is over our horizon. 3-4 AM until nearing sunrise.

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