Friday, June 3, 2011

Poor little swallow

To the memory of Carmen Salas-White

I don't know which is better,
End or triumph,
Death or lie,
Harvest or hunger,
Teardrops moistening my bedroom carpet,
Fear every morning,
Slaughter in the night,
Or joy after the never-ending cry
Of a poor, little swallow

come on, lovley bird
give us your blessing
and don't let us fade