"tactics and strategy"

"mi táctica es
aprender como eres
quererte como eres
. . . 
mi táctica es
quedarme en tu recuerdo
. . . quedarme en ti"

- Mario Benedetti
from "Táctica y estrategia"

my tactic is to look at you
to learn how you are
love you as you are

my tactic is to talk to you
and listen to you
and construct with words
an indestructible bridge

my tactic is to stay in your memory
i don't know how
nor with what pretext
but stay within you

my tactic is to be honest
and know you are too
and that we don't sell each other illusions

so that between us there is no curtain or abyss

my strategy instead is
deeper and simpler

my strategy is that some day
i don't know how nor with what pretext
that finally you need me

- Mario Benedetti
translation by Chris Kraul
post # 1001


"luna lunera"

                                           august grain moon that happened to be blue too -

                   . . ."i dream of lost
vocabularies that might express some of what
we no longer can." . . . - Jack Gilbert
                                            from "The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart"


mid-august descent

_ _ _

behind the frosted eye
of a fire-bird
                                  i watched

the midsummer sun-
set  flames upon a viole(n)t
sea of clouds ablaze



stone on the (l)edge

"but it is also a crack in the heart - a tightrope, a brink, a ledge."


blossoms and seedpods

on a laden august tree
blossoms and seedpods together

at once

for there is no room for seasons
to reason why  it's time to be

life that is

terrified of being late (again)
waste another day without

a loved one