Sunday, May 22, 2011

Les Éventails, Portraits of Passion

The shadows of birds fading on a fighter’s back
The undressing of words on an unstamped postcard
The wet swings in the distant park
The jealousy of raindrops on the umbrella of lovers
The laughter of a boy before a bird
The song of two flutes, two swords, two bracelets, two fingers
The stare of a wave before a pearl
The yearning between the legs of a farmer’s wife
The opening of doors             closing midday
The sudden howling of our muse—and
les éventails—disturbing the guest inside of us

by Nathalie Handal
from Love and Strange Horses
University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA
© 2010