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by John Howard Reid
Thursday, December 17, 2009
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A somewhat free but nonetheless true -to-atmosphere translation of the celebrated poem by Salvador Diaz Miron, this version was first published in 2006. It has now been reprinted in the anthology, "ESCAPE TO PARADISE AND OTHER POETIC FANCIES", issued under my "Tom Howard" pseudonym.



translated from the Spanish of Salvador Díaz Mirón


I saw her amid purple swirls.

              I saw Cleopatra, a young girl

              stretched out upon her back,

              inhaling a scented aphrodisiac

              from a brazier encrusted with pearls.

              As the silky smoke did curl

              around her jeweled body, her hand, bold

              as the paw of a tiger, fired her hair with gold.

              Her feet, white lilies; her ankles bangled

              with opals; her arms entangled

              in turquoise, garnets and diamond darts.

              Her flesh, cool as all the perfumed arts

              of Egypt. Ah! If only I could enter her door,

              I’d offer all my laurels, riches—everything I adore!


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Reviewed by TONY NERONE 12/19/2009
Wow, no reviews. This piece was pure genius! Great write!

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