Remember

Remember

Before you turn away,
remember an island of two
walking amid a sea of people.

Before you turn away,
remember the music
that no one else could hear.

Before you turn away,
remember the waves
that washed over you.

Before you turn away,
remember the heart
that beats as one with yours.

Before you turn away,
ask yourself why
it would hurt so much.

The prompt for Tuesday Poetics: Lost in Translation from Laura at dVerse is to write a poem as an interpretation or impression of one of the three foreign poems (translated) that are offered. I have chosen “Two Bodies,” by Octavio Paz, shown here:

Two Bodies

Two bodies face to face
are at times two waves
and night is an ocean.

Two bodies face to face
are at times two stones
and night a desert.

Two bodies face to face
are at times two roots
laced into night.

Two bodies face to face
are at times two knives
and night strikes sparks.

Two bodies face to face
are two stars falling
in an empty sky.