Claudia Reder


Untranslatable Song - Poem by Claudia Reder

"Everyone needs one untranslatable song."
----Juarroz

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;

futures
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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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003



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