Jaime Torres Bodet
stonecutter of time.
Obdurate chisel, pendulum,
striking the hardest wall of night,
The vanilla awakens, composing
a suite of fragrances in the armoire.
Overseer of the clock's work,
silence moves about in hushed slippers.
Song of the Apple
Afternoon sky in miniature:
yellow, green, flesh-colored
with bright stars of sugar,
tiny satin clouds.
Hard breast of apple
with snows slow to the touch,
rivers sweet to the taste,
skies of delicate fragrance.
Symbol of knowledge.
Bearer of a higher message:
the law of gravity
or the beloved sex.
The apple in our hands
is the memory of paradise.
Miniature sky: in your curve
an angel of fragrance is flying.
Spring & Co.
The almond tree has bought a dress
for first communion. Sparrows
in doorways advertise their green merchandise.
Spring has already sold
all of its white clothing, its January masks,
and today obsesses only with blowing
its propaganda into every corner.
Reeds of glass. Bottles of spilt perfume.
A carpet laid down for school children to walk on.
Little baskets. Batons
of cherry trees. Oversize gloves on
ducks in ponds. The stork: a flying parasol.
A typewriter breeze in the leaves,
an inventory of fragrances
as the display case of night arises:
cross of diamonds, little red lanterns,
and rosary of precious stones.
March has lit sparks in the grass;
the useless old spruce tree has put on green spectacles.
After these past months spring has now prepared
an order of fruit jars of preserved
grapesglands of sweet crystal
and gilded leaves to store away sadness.