Claudia Reder

Claudia Reder Poems

1. Untranslatable Song 1/20/2003

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Untranslatable Song

"Everyone needs one untranslatable song."

On hearing the striped contralto of guinea fowl,
its mock opera quivers the parsley atop its head--

The song makes its imprint
in the air, making itself felt,
a felt world. Here, there,
the stunned silence
of knowing I will not remember
what I heard;

that will never happen,
a fluidity we cannot achieve
except as a child
creating possibility.

This is the untranslatable song
hidden in the earth.

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