Aimé Césaire: “Oiseaux / Birds”

l’exil s’en va ainsi dans la mangeoire des astres
potant de malhabiles grains aux oiseaux nés du temps
qui jamais ne s’endorment jamais
aux espaces fertiles des enfances remuées
Aimé Césaire

exile thus goes into the feeder made of stars
bearing clumsy grains to the birds born of time
which never never fall asleep
in the fertile spaces of stirred up childhoods

Translation by Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith

Photo credit: Morning star / Estrella de la mañana by victor nuno


~ by matt on 30 April 2008.

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