31/01/14 Poetry

January 31, 2014

A Cooking Egg, 1920.

En l’an trentiesme do mon aage

Que toutes mes hontes j’ay beues

PIPIT sate upright in her chair
  Some distance from where I was sitting;
Views of the Oxford Colleges
  Lay on the table, with the knitting.
Daguerreotypes and silhouettes,
  Her grandfather and great great aunts,
Supported on the mantelpiece
  An Invitation to the Dance.

    .    .    .    .    .

I shall not want Honour in Heaven
  For I shall meet Sir Philip Sidney
And have talk with Coriolanus
  And other heroes of that kidney.
I shall not want Capital in Heaven
  For I shall meet Sir Alfred Mond:
We two shall lie together, lapt
  In a five per cent Exchequer Bond.
I shall not want Society in Heaven,
  Lucretia Borgia shall be my Bride;
Her anecdotes will be more amusing
  Than Pipit’s experience could provide.
I shall not want Pipit in Heaven:
  Madame Blavatsky will instruct me
In the Seven Sacred Trances;
  Piccarda de Donati will conduct me…

    .    .    .    .    .

But where is the penny world I bought
  To eat with Pipit behind the screen?
The red-eyed scavengers are creeping
  From Kentish Town and Golder’s Green;
Where are the eagles and the trumpets?
  Buried beneath some snow-deep Alps.
Over buttered scones and crumpets
  Weeping, weeping multitudes
Droop in a hundred A.B.C.’s. 1

-T.S. ELIOT (1888–1965)

January 30, 2014

The Error Consisted

In believing that the Earth was ours

When the reality of the situation

Is that we

belong

to the

Earth

Clara Sandoval used to tell us

NICANOR PARRA (B. 1914)

Translated from the Spanish by Liz Werner

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