Tuesday, 15 June 2021

The Horse's Face - Nikolay Alekseyevich Zabolotsky

Animals don't sleep. In the dark after nightfall
They stand over the world like a stone wall.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Obeah Woman - Eileen Hall

So lef’ me, ef you waan’a feel
How p’isin sting from manchineel.

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Basket - No‘u Revilla

She brings her host a basket:
earrings, mats, testimony
This basket, she says, is medicine.

Friday, 11 June 2021

Santo Domingo - Frank Báez

Theseus reeled in Ariadne’s thread
seeking an exit from the labyrinth

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Doubts - Reina María Rodríguez

Today I’d like to write about what I need—
not to waste time
or throw words down into gulleys
descending into my depths
naked and alone

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Eyes so tristful - Diego de Saldaña

Eyes so tristful, eyes so tristful, 
Heart so full of care and cumber, 
I was lapped in rest and slumber. 

Monday, 7 June 2021

In the Armenian Mountains - Hovhannes Tumanyan

The way was heavy and the night was dark,
And yet we survived
Both sorrow and gloom.
Through the ages we go and gaze at the stark
Steep heights of our land—
The Armenian Highlands.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Beautiful planet Earth! - Bernhard Severin Ingemann

Beautiful planet Earth!
Splendid the heav'ns above!
Lovely the road we as pilgrims take.
Through earth's great kingdoms we
march, singing joyfully,
till we in Paradise awake.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

If Love should render me myself - Gaspara Stampa

If Love should render me myself, someday,
And, from that heartless Lord thus release me,

Friday, 4 June 2021

A Woman to Her Lover - Annamayya

Don't you know my house,
garland in the palace of the Love God,
where flowers cast their fragrance everywhere?

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Sailing to Byzantium - William Butler Yeats

That is no country for old men. The young
In one another's arms, birds in the trees
- Those dying generations - at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Hallucination - Zohra Mansouri

I emerge from myself, like an exotic bird.
I absorb the strangeness of the place,
Drawing a sea with the bones of men.

Monday, 31 May 2021

Vertigo 2 - Robert Schindel

I’m poleaxed by sleeping
So tired that I’m weeping
Stuck here in these stones
I won’t be escaping

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Friday, 28 May 2021

The True Prison - Ken Saro-Wiwa

It is not the leaking roof
Nor the singing mosquitoes
In the damp, wretched cell

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Childhood Stories (extract) - José María Cuéllar

I was born in 1942 if for some reason my mother
has not lost her memory.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

The Children in the Moon - Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger

Hearken, child, unto a story! 
For the moon is in the sky, 
And across her shield of silver, 
See! two tiny cloudlets fly. 

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Stormy Night - Jean Lahor

The wind screamed, the wind howled its rages,
The ocean leaped the length of the cliff
And my soul, faced with those surges
Of black rolling waves, breathed with greater relief.

Monday, 24 May 2021

British Merchant Service, 1915 - Cicely Fox Smith

Oh, down by Millwall Basin as I went the other day, 
I met a skipper that I knew, and to him I did say: 
"Now what's the cargo, captain, that brings you up this way?" 

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Friday, 21 May 2021

While You Decline To Cry - Ō no Yasumaro

While you decline to cry,
high on the mountainside
a single stalk of plumegrass wilts.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

To Aphrodite - Hesiod

I will sing of stately Aphrodite, gold-crowned and beautiful, 
whose dominion is the walled cities of all sea-set Cyprus.  

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Omri Kello - Wael Kfoury

Oh love go tell her
tell her I miss her so much,
if she wants my life
I'll give it away.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Freedom - Arja Salafranca

Freedom is a man with one arm,
a happy smile showing perfect white teeth,
a man who answers the phone in Maintenance with a chirp in his voice.

Monday, 17 May 2021

By the Margins of the Great Deep - George William Russell

When the breath of twilight blows to flame the misty skies,
All its vaporous sapphire, violet glow and silver gleam
With their magic flood me through the gateway of the eyes;
I am one with the twilight's dream.

Sunday, 16 May 2021

a quanta with fidelity - Dhal Jirel 'Ravi'

I also do believe in God
But I do not call myself 
An Incarnation of God
A son of God
A messenger of God

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Return - Phi Hoàng

Let me return the sunlight to the sky,
the cloud to the mountain, this life to the void.

Friday, 14 May 2021

Youth and Love: I - Robert Louis Stevenson

Once only by the garden gate
   Our lips we joined and parted.
I must fulfil an empty fate
   And travel the uncharted.

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Poetry and I - Mbarka Mint al-Barra’

The sin is that I wasn't a stone
     And the troubles of the world make me sleepless
And I shield myself with poetry
     And it keeps me company when I'm far from home

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

The Black Streets - Emmanuel Moses

The soldiers on their way to lay siege to the mountain
stopped here to let blue wine blot out
steaming blood

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

The Beggar - Carl Spitteler

He was my foe, and friend he was to none.
I read his death, unmoved, but yesterday.

Monday, 10 May 2021

jumbo-jet vs jackdaw - S. Zaynub Kamoonpuri

I wish to fly like a bird that chirps or hoots
without any jet or parachutes.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Gazal - Zeyneb

Cast off thy veil, and heaven and earth in dazzling light array! 
As radiant Paradise, this poor demented world display! 

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Epigram - Niels Hav

You can spend an entire life
in the company of words
not ever finding
the right one.

Friday, 7 May 2021

The Shining Hours (V) - Emile Verhaeren

Each hour I brood upon your goodness, so simple in its depth, I lose myself in prayers to you. 

Thursday, 6 May 2021

So I Am Persuaded - Jaime Saenz

Everyone lives in one
—I, you, they.
We all live in all, no one lives or dies, and each is on his own
—but nobody knows what happens.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Peggy - Allan Ramsay

My Peggy is a young thing,
      Just enter'd in her teens,
Fair as the day, and sweet as May
Fair as the day, and always gay.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Branches That Thirst - Limam Boicha

Beneath the shadow of a thorn tree
two naked people
are shuddering with thirst
while their oasis
lies half a desert away

Monday, 3 May 2021

After History - Tawanda Mulalu

Has anyone managed to make a world.
After race, we turn to genetics, return
after to the archives for new history. Who
then determines when we’re from. Roots,

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Sermon - Eveline Maedel

Sunday morning.

Poured molasses oration,
Drizzles onto milky white canvass.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Cold days have come - Samuel Hanagid

The month of ‘Av has ended even ‘Elul and their heat is gone;
Also Tishri is gathered in and like them has passed.

Friday, 30 April 2021

Your Lips Will Tell Me - Hector Marcó

You don’t love me anymore, but I can’t blame you—
if you can do this, then I can hide my tears.
But you alone, you and my heart,
shall answer to God one day.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Poetry - Elisaveta Bagyrana

If my glance were not blest—
with you, inside. Open-eyed to penetrate the darkness,
and to make it fly and dance for me,

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

The world is for me a tough place - Nadezhda Zaharieva

The world is for me a tough place
But my tenor I choose how to alter:

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Monday, 26 April 2021

I Keep Forgetting - Sima

Don’t know why I keep forgetting,
The time that you played me
The times you would pay me no attention
I keep forgetting all the pain that you cause
That its because of you that I am covered in scars.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

After a Death - Tomas Tranströmer

Once there was a shock
that left behind a long, shimmering comet tail.

Saturday, 24 April 2021

High above the Dark City - Jaime Saenz

One night on a rain-glistened road high above the dark city
with its now-distant tumult
she will certainly sigh

Friday, 23 April 2021

Miles Away - Homero Pumarol

A black trumpet flies
through the walls
of an empty building.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Let us Paint, World - AminTheRanter

What I am is a body of water,
I am fluid; always moving matter,
Eroding the earth I change the world
even if only the heart of a girl

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Underground - Ito Hiromi

A bond was formed through marriage so in August
I go visit the graves for the Festival of the Dead. Going from the bullet train
To the Chugoku Highway, I move farther and farther away

Monday, 19 April 2021

Summer - Óndra Łysohorsky

A rocky slope, all overgrown with pine trees
Looks musing down the frothy Ostravitsa.
The summer ripens. Through the crowded branches
The midday sun drifts onto tallgrown grasses.

Sunday, 18 April 2021

I will flee to my Helper - Yose ben Yose

                    א

1 Let me flee to my Helper
I will find (Him) right in front of me
God is close to me
whenever I call out with (my) voice.
 

Friday, 16 April 2021

The Sky - Gareth Culshaw

When the cauliflowers have left the sky
leaving us with mushroom grey,
the birds sing songs we knew when young.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Work Shy - Gerard Fanning

When Don Givens made off with a treble clef
from the USSR’s hammer and sickle,
I was skiving off with the backroom boys,
though in truth it could hardly have been me

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Somehow - Hsia Yü

She took a fan and painted a bird on one side
And a cage on the other and then she spun
The handle in her hand till we could see the bird
In the cage and then she put the fan away and smiling
Asked us what we thought it was she’d said

Monday, 12 April 2021

Hiyam - Zeina Hashem Beck

My grandmother, Hiyam, whose name
means love, had none, gave none. Locked
her refrigerator door so her children wouldn’t
make a mess in the kitchen, sat them down,

Sunday, 11 April 2021

And I dreamt that I was a tree - Claribel Alegría

And I dreamt that I was a tree
and all my branches – leafy –
were belovéd of the birds

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Shadow of The Light - Iliana Villanueva

The fountain illuminates pigeons and pigeons
pigeons about to say
volatile with sayings
white from their intense violence.

Friday, 9 April 2021

1932 - Jackson

reading the poems of women
born the same year as my mother

Thursday, 8 April 2021

The Poet - Hatif Janabi

The poet is bewitched by light and darkness,
by a dagger that delights in misery
by wind and ruin and echo
by a ravenous temptation.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Cage - Teresa Colom

My father found a canary in the snow.
We put it into a cage.
One of its legs, instead of claws, had only a stump.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Dismissed by God’s Laugh - Don Carson

The powers of darkness descended in hate,
Maliciously, leeringly trying to bait
Their Victim, Creator, this self-emptied Man,
Committed to wrecking their Maker’s bold plan.

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Ovaria - Tjawangwa Dema

i
When midnight comes
I find I have been away too long
Blowing my insides upside down

Friday, 2 April 2021

Still they say hope is on the way - Becki Friend

Yesterday I felt myself
begin to die,
shadows behind my eyes
stretched between
a deepening green

Thursday, 1 April 2021

April - Bùi Chát

Bouts of rain drop on people’s heads
Wetness that changes lives
Lots of folks don’t know where to take refuge

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Dragonflies - Asmaa Azaizeh

Millions of years ago, there were no winged creatures.
We all crawled around on our bellies and paws
to arrive.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

A Homeland - Mohammed J. Al-Nabhan

My Homeland!
Would a homeland abolish a loved one's name?
Red tape all his civil documents
Or cross-out with red ink the names of its people?

Monday, 29 March 2021

Urgent Mail - Ali Al Jallawi

He was no more than a courier
On his back a sack of letters
He had a bicycle
A route
And a cap
He was no more than a courier

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Palm Sunday - Malcolm Guite

Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,
The seething holy city of my heart,
The saviour comes. But will I welcome him?

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Friday, 26 March 2021

That there’s no danger - Eduardo Milán

That there’s no danger,
that the word stays intact
outside the person, by their side.

Thursday, 25 March 2021

untitled - Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl

I died but now I live for
ages of ages
and hold the keys of hell and death

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

The room - Jessie Kleemann

In the silent grey darkness of the room
you stand
like a ghost by the window beside my bed
acting like a dead with my already stiff limbs
that has become blue beating forth and back
and searching after my body

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

A Journey - Jovanka Uljarević

I am not here where you see me
or there where they know me
There is here for me
And here is too far

Monday, 22 March 2021

This Thick Sound (v1.1) - Kenneth Krabat

There is an eternal humm of work to København
take away the sound of high voltage for street lamps
and for shop lighting and converters for all things hidden

Sunday, 21 March 2021

In the now and here - Michael Theophilus Dom

Thoughts in a day
Are a measure
Acts are of being,
Etched in its matrix,
As you and I are.

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Ecstasy - Marie Under

Ah, earthly life burns in myriad splendours
Not even death’s dark hazard can destroy.
I yield, a willing prisoner, to joy;
I never sorted with discreet pretenders.

Friday, 19 March 2021

Dead Flowers - Sidonie Grünwald-Zerkovitz

In the vase on the sill your roses lie
Looking, now, wilted and dead
Once, resplendently charming the eye
In white and crimson red.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

You Will Never Return - Miguel Caló and Osmar Maderna

When she said goodbye, I wanted to cry
then without her love, I wanted to scream.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Monday, 15 March 2021

What it is - Erich Fried

It is nonsense
says reason
It is what it is
says love

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Mother is Gold - Laju Ereyitomi Oyewoli

Iya ni wura
Mother is Gold
A Treasure untold
Gifted to the Human race
To soften life’s arduous task 

Saturday, 13 March 2021

In the Evening - Ugo Foscolo

Maybe because you are the image of eternal peace
O evening, you are welcomed by me with open arms
when the summer clouds and the gentlest breeze

Friday, 12 March 2021

Consecrating the Alphabet - Leonor Scliar Cabral

ALEF
Horns rise up with force, igneous, aglow,
to burst apart the mysteries of time,
while a scribe revives prophecies divine 
on pure papyrus, salvaged long ago.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Iconic Existence - Roula-Maria Dib

Keep her locked in an eternal smile, that loving gaze
you see in your mind’s mined cave deep within your Self,
or in the symbol on the solid wooden surface.
Let her sing, but from her nether-world into yours.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Metaphors - Idriss Allouch

I guess
What happens around me
The effect of something borrowing
The language of another reality

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Monday, 8 March 2021

Supper With Poppies - Dostena Angelova-Lavergne

one day lies will sparkle
like crushed puppies
and they won’t be lies
just crushed poppies sparkling.

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Strike the chords softly - Pamelia Sarah Yule

Strike the chords softly with tremulous fingers, 
While, on the threshold of happiest years, 
For a brief moment fond memory lingers. 
Ere we go forth to life's conflicts and fears! 

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Friday, 5 March 2021

Sin - Forugh Farrokhzad

I have sinned a rapturous sin
in a warm enflamed embrace,
sinned in a pair of vindictive arms,
arms violent and ablaze.

Thursday, 4 March 2021

I Abandoned Her and I Didn’t Know - José Canet

Kneaded between the silver and gold
of serenades
and wild dance parties,
cradled by the sounds
of bandoneons,
this tango was born.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

She Has Wilted Early - Julia Boutros

This flower … 
has wilted early, 
she’s still pretty, 
she’s still very pretty

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

There Was a Jolly Miller - Isaac Bickerstaffe

There was a jolly miller once lived on the river Dee;
He danced and sang from morn till night, no lark so blithe as he;

Monday, 1 March 2021

On Julia's Death - Vasily Kapnist

The evening darkness shrouds 
The slumbering world in peace. 
And from her throne of clouds 
Shines Luna through the trees. 

Sunday, 28 February 2021

A story of the great men of the faith - Saadi Shirazi

They relate a story of the great men of the faith. 
Recognizers of the truth of the essence of truth. 

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Friday, 26 February 2021

Mother - Ki Hyung-do

Mother
Is not coming home. She left
for the market, carrying on her head thirty 
stems of young radish to sell. She’s not
coming home. The sun has long
Set. I sit in the room like
A cold ball of uneaten rice in a bowl.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Bengali women - Joie Bose

perhaps it is how we were raised
always asked to keep our spine straight
to hold our heads high

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

On Easter - August Šenoa

On Easter back then, even now I recall,
The morning sun did toward us veer,
Full of life, of youth, I ran to you all,
Toward my village small and so dear.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Fire - Kwame Dawes

He is the man with the axe with its white edge.
He was born to a time of fire.
He took a pickaxe and walked to the rail
track and asked for work; and he stood
by the sparks and forging fire, standing
there as if the heat is food, pure food.

Monday, 22 February 2021

Elsie - Pamela Claire Mordecai

Elsie could cuss like a sailor
rip masts too when she swept
like a storm upgrading
minute by minute trading

Sunday, 21 February 2021

The gloomy night to morning yields - Hans Chrestensen Sthen

The gloomy night to morning yields,
So brightly the day is breaking;
The sun ascends over hills and fields,
And birds are with song awaking.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Friday, 19 February 2021

Social media love - Pamela Elizabeth Acaye

Babes, Please I beg, Let us not waste time on grammar!
The time between is too short to waste on long words,

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Ecstasy - Paul Éluard

I am in front of this feminine land
Like a child in front of the fire
Smiling vaguely with tears in my eyes

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Ortamezar - Ivan Theofilov

The neighborhood
with its shady provincial courtyards
next to the hot watermelon fields,

Sunday, 14 February 2021

The Vanity of the World (Miranda Vanitas) - Bernard of Clairvaux

O the wondrous vanity 
That the heart bewitches! 
Bitter poison 'tis to be 
All absorbed in riches. 

Saturday, 13 February 2021

The Sower - Edward Dowden

Son of the earth, brave flinger of the seed,
Strider of furrows, copesmate of the morn,
Which, stirr’d with quickenings of a day unborn,

Friday, 12 February 2021

Cinderalla - Chinedu Okezuonu

This ugly sight of yours
Knives my soft conscience
Melts the grease inside my knuckles.

Thursday, 11 February 2021

The Hymn of Slippers - Rati Saxena

The taste is very bitter, from tongue to throat,
up to the intestine, bitterness everywhere
everything is bitter, 

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Weave your joy - Philo Ikonya

With the tips of your fingers
And all of you like the
Orchestra conductor knows that music
Know your body:
Its heart drum
Piano toes…

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Spring - Cathal O’Byrne

A slender blade of grass beside a. stone,
A gleam of sunshine ’tween the narrow roofs,

Monday, 8 February 2021

an old man - Alexandru Vakulovski

an old man
paralysed on one side
of his body
is carrying
a bucket to the bin

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Where'er I go - Carl Olof Rosenius

Where'er I go, in mountains, woods, or valleys,
With me goes a Friend, I hear His voice,
Warns me, though invisible, and peace He grants me,

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Friday, 5 February 2021

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Italian for Farouters - Tiziana Colusso

My tongue is burnt by vanities:

parasemantic epidemics
stick to my palate
exhaling from the daily ink,

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Karkhiyya - Abu Nuwas

Praise the wine for its munificence
And give it the best of names

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Confidentially - Peyo Yavorov

‘Neath tender enchantments of a dreamy evening
And the two of us burning – don’t come too close.

Monday, 1 February 2021

Mortuos voco - Putinas

But silence shrouds the grave-yard on the hill. 
No corpse stirs from its damp and earthly cell. 

Sunday, 31 January 2021

I leave thee not - Wolfgang Christoph Dessler

I leave thee not, thou art my Jesus ever,
Though earth rebel,
And death and hell
Would, from its steadfast hold, my faith dissever;

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Long life with peace - Xasan Sheekh Muumin

Long life with peace, long life with peace
Long life with peace, long life with peace
Long life with peace, long life with peace

Friday, 29 January 2021

Vivos plango - Putinas

Now I depart. With benedictory grace
A world of silence summons me to go,
I feel the gentle shroud of endless space,
The Night that soothes and softens all our woe.

Thursday, 28 January 2021

This tiny watch - Ivar Ivask

This tiny watch will soon have measured
its century. An heirloom of Father's sister Adelheid.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Frozen Jews - Avrom Sutzkever

Did you ever see in fields of snow
Frozen Jews, in row upon row?

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

The Will to Life - Abu al-Qasim al-Shabbi

If, one day, the people wills to live
Then fate must obey
Darkness must dissipate
And must the chain give way

Monday, 25 January 2021

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Infinite Love - Søren Kierkegaard

Thou loving Father, 
everything goes wrong for me
and yet Thou art love. 

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Life is Short - Francisco Gorrindo

Let’s see, boys—I want to be joyful,
I want to be dazed, so I don’t have to think.

Friday, 22 January 2021

The Conversation - Loidology

Come sit here dear,
Come tell me about that gloomy face you wear.
Because the melancholy i can no longer bear.
Let us put all things clear.
Lately you jeer every time i come near,
It seems it is me you fear.

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

I am like a slip of comet - Gerard Manley Hopkins

I am like a slip of comet,
Scarce worth discovery, in some corner seen
Bridging the slender difference of two stars,

Monday, 18 January 2021

How a Dragon is Born - Gueorgui Konstantinov

The beginning is a fight
Between the falling cross
Of a bird
And a serpent,

Sunday, 17 January 2021

From the Bridge - Claribel Alegría

I have freed myself at last
it has been hard to break free
near the end of the bridge
I pause
the water flows below

Saturday, 16 January 2021

The Eye of Poetry - Lilian A. Aujo

Poetry is the school I will never graduate from
because no matter how hard – I try
I will never tell it all – the secret way of its patterns
And how the same letters form different syllables to form different words,
And how they fall – in front or behind one another, and if re-arranged would create a whole different story...

Friday, 15 January 2021

I love you, my gentle one - Ralph Bitamazire

I love you, my gentle one;
My love is the fresh milk in the rubindi
Which you drank on the wedding day;

Thursday, 14 January 2021

A Sudden Storm - Pius Oleghe

The wind howls; the trees sway,
The loose housetop sheets clatter and clang; 
The open window shuts with a bang,
And the sky makes night of day.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

A godlike man - Narsimha Mehta

A godlike man is one,
Who feels another’s pain
Who shares another’s sorrow,
And pride does disdain.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Haidouks - Hristo Botev

Father and Son

Come, Grandfather, blow on your pipe now,
And I will take up the tune
With songs of our heroes, of haidouks,
Songs of voivodes, of chieftains,
Of Chavdar the terrible haidouk,
Of Chavdar the captain of old,
The son of Petko the Fearsome!

Monday, 11 January 2021

Monolog of an Effigy - Yevgeny Yevtushenko

When my charitable fellow-writers
               were burning my effigy
and not poking my guts with their pocket-knives —
                    thank God!

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Guard Duty - Tomas Tranströmer

I’m ordered out to a big hump of stones
as if I were an aristocratic corpse from the Iron Age.
The rest are still back in the tent sleeping,
stretched out like spokes in a wheel.

Saturday, 9 January 2021

i am the richest - Dhal Jirel 'Ravi'

I have a couple of feet
My hut and my rugs
I eat cheap bread and laugh at Fate
I toil through the livelong day

Friday, 8 January 2021

Report me to you - Robert Wever

Now I beshrew his herte, that to that wyll not agree,
But yet because the tyme shall not seme very longe,
Or eate we departe, let vs haue a mery songe
The sing as folow'eth.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Yogyakarta - Albert Hagenaars

The line from the volcano’s summit
past the sultan’s palace to the sea’s abyss
spans the sacred space of the culture
in which until the end you are embedded.

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

If I Could Only Write - Ramón de Campoamor

“And will you write a letter for me, padre?”—
  “Yes, child—no need to tell me the address!”
“Do you know whom it’s for because on that dark evening
        You saw us walking?”—“Yes.”
 

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

The Inquiry - John Dyer

Ye poor little sheep! Ah! well may ye stray,
While sad is your shepherd, and Clio away!
Tell where have you been; have you met with my love,
On the mountain, or valley, or meadow, or grove?
Alas-a-day! No — ye are starv'd and half dead;
Ye saw not my love, or ye all had been fed.

Monday, 4 January 2021

Of the voice of things – Fiama Hasse Pais Brandão

Only the wind’s blast
gives lyrical sound
to the windmill’s blades.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

The Journey Prayer - Brendan of Clonfert

God, bless to me this day,
God bless to me this night;
Bless, O bless, Thou God of grace,
Each day and hour of my life;

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Our Assorted Quarantines - Elizabeth Kate Switaj

I’m running thirty miles of quarantine with wandering pigs and semi
-feral dogs. Beach and coral and islets complete
the two-lane road’s atoll. You said that you were strangely proud

Friday, 1 January 2021

A north-country song - Anonymous

Says t'auld man tit oak tree,
Young and lusty was I when I kenn'd thee;