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by De Waal

The inner life of vegetables

2014/07/28 in Uncategorized

 

Photo by De Waal Venter

Photo by De Waal Venter

 

Lustful vegetarian

Carrots are cathedrals
of nutrition,
pointing their orange towers
into the cloudy air
of the future.

Beans provide the pods
on which to travel
from today
into the vastly unknown,
frighteningly unpopulated empty spaces
of tomorrow.

Onions hold
the tempting philosophies
yet to be discovered;
one set of truths
held secretly in the arms
of another encompassing brother.

Let me toy with lettuce,
the flirting frills
of its smiling leaves,
let them kiss my lips
with its fleeting flavour.

But I will not be able to resist
the red lust
of the tomato’s yielding flesh,
its sensual sap.
I am governed
by my desires.

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Octavio Paz in Afrikaans

2014/07/26 in Uncategorized

paOctvaio paz

 

Met toe oë

Met toe oë
is jy van binne verlig
jy is ’n blindesteen

Nag in en nag uit slyp ek jou
met toe oë
jy is ’n franksteen

Ons word enorm groot
net deur mekaar te ken
met toe oë

Nota:
blindesteen = ’n juweelsteen wat nie deursigtig is nie
franksteen = ’n juweelsteen wat maklik geslyp kan word

Icatvio Paz is in 1914 in Meksikostad gebore. Hy het op sewentienjarige ouderdom gedigte begin publiseer.
In 1990 het hy die Nobelprys vir poësie verwerf. Hy is in 1998 oorlede.

Con los ojos cerrados

Con los ojos cerrados
te iluminas por dentro
eres la piedra ciega

Noche a noche te labro
con los ojos cerrados
eres la piedra franca

Nos volvemos inmensos
sólo por conocernos
con los ojos cerrados