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April is the Coolest Month – Just Poets Favorite Poem for April 15

As part of National Poetry Month, Just Poets members will share their favorite poems along with a brief note about why the poem is their favorite poem. Today’s poem is selected by David White.

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Malcolm de Chazal

Selections from Sens magique

When the creeper
Seized the branch
The branch bent
And the flower
Stuck out her head
To see what was going on.

	*

The trees
Are climbing the hill.
Let a sheep climb it
And the trees
Will stand fast
Stupefied.

	*

The fog
Stopped riding the rain
And fell off:
Light itself
Had dropped to its knees.

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As the pupil
Turned its eyes
The iris followed along,
The white of the eye
Lagging behind.
Even so, haltingly,
You feel your way
Into the depths
Of the face you love.

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The leaf
Is the palm of a hand
Whose fingers
Keep burying themselves
In the flower.

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Everything
Runs away
From everything else
To keep from being eaten.
Only the earth,
Consumed by everything
But devouring
Its devourers,
Can take care of itself.

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Just Poets Member Statement:

Here the continuum of divinity, humanity and nature is presented with a cosmic grandeur, each reflecting the other, and with this extraordinary engagement derived from years of ascetic withdrawal.

– David White

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These selections appear in Sens magique, which is available in French by clicking here.

This particular translation by Irving Weiss first appeared in The Montserrat Review. You can read more of his Weiss’s translations in The Montserrat Review by clicking here.

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