Drawings of Sightlessness

Luis Cardoza y Aragon

Drawings of Sightlessness

Between pen and paper there is a celestial space where angels, stars, and clouds go by, in which gravity loses all hope of breaking the fall of the unforeseen.
The pen is a meteor or comet, a crush of skies and millennia, guiding your hand which listens to the unknown and secret identity of things: a stalactite dripping sad and incessant light that already pierces the everlasting porphyry of the ants.
You plunge headfirst into the white page and swim toward the marvelous beaches.
You name.
Your christening flouts death and chastity belts, and Orpheus saves himself from the beasts like the sound of an echo.

tr. Asa Zatz