“Tune of Coupling”: An imitation of Follain’s “Music of Spheres” (included)

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Music of Spheres

by Jean Follain, translated from the French by Czeslaw Milosz and Robert Hass

 

He was walking a frozen road

in his pocket iron keys were jingling

and with his pointed shoe absent-mindedly

he kicked the cylinder

of an old can

which for a few seconds rolled its cold emptiness

wobbled for a while and stopped

under a sky studded with stars.

 

Tune of Coupling

by Devon Fulford; no translation from English necessary

 

She was recalling a lusty night

in her reverie carnal bodies were stirring

and with her bare body thoughtlessly

she moved the arm

of a woman longing

which for fleeting moments grazed the skin next to hers

paused for a breathless moment and retracted

under a blanket warmed with passion. 

 

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