Poem simply muy sencillo et très simple

A poem written amid the unusually gentle early days of June, this year in New York. First English, then Spanish, then French.

A very simple poem

Young woman (nude), chillaxing, drawing by William EatonWith the sun on my face and, I suppose,

A fountain – the sound of water –

In New York City,

I took off my shoes.

 

There was grass under my feet,

And, when I looked up, leaves and sky.

And time, like a kite,

Got lost in the sky.

 

There was grass between my toes,

And, oddly enough, no sirens,

In New York City,

With the sun on my face.

 

Un poema muy sencillo

Con el sol en la cara y, supongo,

Una fuente – el sonido del agua –

En la ciudad de Nueva York,

Me quité los zapatos.

 

Había hierba bajo mis pies,

Y, cuando miré hacia arriba, hojas y el cielo.

Y el tiempo, como una cometa de papel,

Se perdió en el azul.

 

Había hierba entre los dedos de mis pies,

Y, curiosamente, no había sirenas,

En la ciudad de Nueva York,

Con el sol en la cara.

 

Un poème très simple

Avec le soleil sur mon visage et, je suppose,

Une fontaine – le bruit de l’eau –

À New York City,

J’ai enlevé mes chaussures.

 

Il y avait de l’herbe sous mes pieds,

Et, quand j’ai levé les yeux, des feuilles et le ciel.

Et le temps, comme un cerf-volant,

S’est perdu dans le ciel.

 

Il y avait de l’herbe entre mes orteils,

Et, assez curieusement, pas de sirènes,

À New York City,

Avec le soleil sur mon visage.


— Poem and drawing by William Eaton & with thanks, as ever, to Elya!

7 comments

    • Thank you, Nathan. I see that you, too, are multilingual (Japanese perhaps included?). I am intrigued by your Diary of Shikibu Izumi. This is an ongoing project? You are writing a diary, as it were, “for” her or to her? Izumi Shikibu

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.