La Luna

by Lale Muldur

give me Time La Luna
look everything is gone
    everything is crying
the water has turned cold

a Sacrifice falls between us now La Luna
out of the three of us one is a sacrifice
a cold line is drawn through the sky
too late too late now

one by one all my suns are leaving me
will they ever return to my life
an Eagle flies out of my forehead splitting
    the sky apart
the maddening sound of an unseen Wheel
    can be heard from afar

distant memories
like crabs
appear at sunset

late suns late suns also set
look
you come into my life with circles of metal

with unseen forces
with dark incomprehensible anguish, you are reborn
as yourself,
dreadful
is there nothing human in you La Luna

though everything looks possible, everything explicable
somewhere things have been trapped
come back Emperor
let your dark eyes take me in with the night one last time

plait my hair with an ancient key La Luna
shroud my face my wounds
with cloths of black La Luna
prepare me for that pagan festival

like silhouettes gliding past dark walls
like ice flowers waiting for indigo nights
like a lighthouse scanning the restless sea
like a silver pendulum swaying in space
the Hanged Man
a Friar, a Knight
nurturing mandrake with tears...

seeping under a blackened window
    like a poisonous cloud of smoke
        cloaking you
            cloaking La Luna from beginning to end

give me Time La Luna
            a little time
let me hear once more the lyre of Selene
and the Sirens, with their violet songs, from afar

The literal translation of this poem was made by Dilek Unsal

The final translated version of the poem is by The Poetry Translation Workshop

Comments

  1. September 15th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    tahereh mirzayi says:

    it s ful of feeling,i like it,is ther any poem of this whic is translated english?

  2. December 25th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    maha says:

    wonderful

  3. October 5th, 2010 at 7:57 am

    ercin says:

    this is quite wonderful, rich with sensual imagery and haunting