Paul Celon, “Tallow Lamp”

The monks with hairy fingers opened the book: September.
Now Jason pelts with snow the newly sprouting grain.
The forest gave you a necklace of hands. So dead you walk the rope.
To your hair a darker blue is imparted; I speak of love.
Shells I speak and light clouds, and a boat buds in the rain.
A little stallion gallops across the leafing fingers—
Black the gate leaps open, I sing:
How did we live here?
translated by Michael Hamburger


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