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Cada mirada estrena el mundo

martes, octubre 23, 2007

Rex Ray























Elephant
.
I dreamed about an elephant.
With its long, wrinkled trunk
covered with short, needle-like hairs
wrapped round my neck in lieu of a muffler,
I went into a darkened used bookstore
with a girl I’d happened to meet.
The young owner
energetically wiped the lenses of his glasses
as he greeted politely
only the aged elephant
following behind us.
.
A while after waking up
I had completely forgotten the girl’s face
and the path to the used bookstore,
but the smell of the elephant’s sigh,
so like a lazy river,
remained as vivid as a promise just made.
.
Sitting alone in the cold, early-morning classroom
drinking canned tea,
I felt an elephant-shaped warmth
slowly fill my stomach.
You never know.
.
Maybe the sky out that window will slowly end this day
without ever losing the indistinct whiteness of this hour.
It could happen,I thought
with faint hope.
You never know.
.
Kiji Kutani
Japon
Translation: Juliet Winters Carpenter

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