Today's poem is by Jorge Carrera Andrade
Life of the Grasshopper
Always an invalid
he wanders through the field
on green crutches.
Since five o'clock
the stream from a star
has filled the grasshopper's tiny pitcher.
A laborer, he fishes
each day with his antenna
in rivers of air.
A misanthrope, at night
he hangs the flicker of his chirp
in a house of grass.
Leaf rolled up and alive,
the grasshopper keeps the music
of the world written inside!
translated by Steven Ford Brown
Copyright © 2003 Jorge Carrera Andrade, Steven Ford Brown (tr) All rights reserved
from Century of the Death of the Rose
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