As I Walked Out One Evening
As I walked out one evening,
Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
Were fields of harvest wheat.
And down by the brimming river
I heard a lover sing
Under an arch… >>
As you set out for Ithaca
Pray that your road is long
full of adventure and knowledge
The Lestrygonians and Cyclops
and the fierce Poseidon, you will never meet
If you do not carry them in your soul
if you… >>
Marina of the rocks
An English version by Simon Darragh, in imitation of the Greek original.
A taste of the storm on your lips — but you,
You wandered all day the harsh dream of stone and sea.
The eagle-bearing… >>
MAL DU DEPART
Always the perfect, unworthy lover
of the endless voyage and azure ocean,
I shall die one evening, like any other,
without having crossed the dim horizon.
For Madras, Singapore, Algeria, Sfax,
the proud ships will still be… >>
Don’t trust the guide-book, or the map:
one notes motorways, an airport, tower blocks;
the other talks of earthquakes, shattered rocks,
ruined houses sheltering wild goats.
Routinely confi dent, to meet the need
for fi rst-hand information, we despatched