Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gabriel Yacoub - The Luzon bleeding-heart (The stabbed dove)


Original title: "Colombe Poignardée"
White queen winged with black
Crane and its groats
The starlings' clan

Four long-flight ducks
Three woodpigeons
Two turtledoves
One partridge
Who comes who goes who flies

And there are screams*
there are twitters²
there are gobbles³
there are squawks
there are cackles
there are hisses
there are quacks*
there are screeches
there are talks with the wind

Bleeding-heart dove
Talks with the wind
Mallard, Northern pintail, northern shoveler, Eider
kingfisher, king fisher

Four long-flight ducks
Three woodpigeons
Two turtledoves
One partridge
Who comes who goes who flies

The big crow of the seas
Took my soul away
Because at everyone's neck
Hangs one's bird
* "Margoter" or "Margauder" in french is the scream of the Quail, same goes for "carcailler"
² for the swallow
³ for the gander (male of the goose)

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