Commentary XXVIII (saint john of the cross)

Selected Poems of Juan Gelman
 translated by Hardie St. Martin

Commentary XXVIII  (saint john of the cross)

many ways of remembering rise
from you / intimate waves /
or movements like worlds
spinning toward you / in you / all yours /

earth of you I walk upon / my self
stretched out like a tiny root
your memory shelters from
the danger of the night’s animals

when distant stranger to yourself
you crackle / from you to you /
or dream yourself into my memory
that dreams remembering you /

or else i recognize your face
like memory in every face like
radiance from you / like a look in your eyes
where i see myself remembered