Waves by Jayne Marek

Photo by Bernardo García
Photo by Bernardo García

Waves

Western shore.  Evening waves
cast the sun in bronze,
weighted water
across our arms,
ocean neither cold nor warm,
our new element,
a marriage.

Time now has shifted the bluffs
that I remember
rose above us, rugged-
knuckled, red—
we were young,
not tired of the struggle
with the tide,

sunset that soaked
the world.
We could not believe
how deeply the color
flowed around us,
how we might never
swim in such a glow again.

 

Olas
Costa occidental. Las olas de la tarde
emiten el sol en bronce,
aguas pesadas
a través de nuestros brazos
el océano ni frío ni caliente,
nuestro nuevo elemento,
un matrimonio.

Ahora se han desplazado los momentos
que recuerdo
se elevó por encima de nosotros – nudillos
escabrosos, rojos-
Éramos jóvenes,
sin estar cansados de la lucha
con la marea,

la puesta del sol que empapó
el mundo.
No podíamos creer
hasta qué punto el color
fluía a nuestro alrededor,
Cómo nunca volveremos a
nadar en ese resplandor otra vez.

Traducido por: Gabriel Setright


Jayne Marek has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and two Pushcart Prize nominations.  Her poetry and art photos appear in publications such as Flying Island, Tipton Poetry Journal, Spillway, New Mexico Review, Gyroscope, Camas, Blast Furnace, and Gravel.  She is author of a chapbook Imposition of Form on the Natural World (2013) and co-author of Company of Women:  New and Selected Poems (2013).  Her first full-length poetry book, In and Out of Rough Water, will appear late in 2016.  
Jayne Marek has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and two Pushcart Prize nominations.  Her poetry and art photos appear in publications such as Flying Island, Tipton Poetry Journal, Spillway, New Mexico Review, Gyroscope, Camas, Blast Furnace, and Gravel.  She is author of a chapbook Imposition of Form on the Natural World (2013) and co-author of Company of Women:  New and Selected Poems (2013).  Her first full-length poetry book, In and Out of Rough Water, will appear late in 2016.

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