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Monday, February 14, 2005

How Filled with Joy, Happy and Well-Informed...

translation by Gilbert Wesley Purdy

How filled with joy, happy and well-informed
with flowers, upon her golden tresses, that garland,
as if it sent itself to her above all others, and
as if its only desire were to kiss that forehead!
All of the day that cloak is contented
that cups her breast with the threat to set it free,
and those golden strands ask only
to touch her cheeks and neck without an end.
But happier yet the lace like joy itself withal,
gilding a secret place, made still gentler,
that fondles and strokes the breast, which he charms.
And that purest binding, that which covers us all,
seems to say to me: "I want to cling here forever!
"And what still finer embraces await these arms!"

Gilbert Wesley Purdy has published poetry, prose and translation in many journals, paper and electronic, including: Jacket Magazine, Poetry International (San Diego State University), The Georgia Review (University of Georgia), Grand Street, SLANT (University of Central Arkansas), Consciousness Literature and the Arts (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), Orbis (UK), Eclectica, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Links to his work online and to a selected bibliography of his work in paper venues appear at his Hyperlinked Online Bibliography.

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