(introduced and annotated by george)
A poetry continues
I will pronounce your name
I will pronounce your name, Juliet; I will declaim you, Juliet.
Juliet, your name is mild like cinnamon, it is the fragrance in which the
Lemon grove sleeps,
Juliet, your name is the sugared clarity of blooming coffee tree
And it resembles the Savannah, that blossoms forth under the masculine
ardour of the midday fun.
Name of dew, fresher than shadows of tamarind,
Fresher even than the short dusk, when the heat of the day is silenced.
Juliet, that is the dry tornado, the hard clap of lighting, Juliet, coin of gold,
Shining white, you my night, my sun?
I am your hero, and now I have become your sorcerer, in order to pronounce
My princess banished from the land of gold on the fateful day.
This is a love poem celebrating or declaiming the poet?s love for
line 1 Juliet is the name of the pretty girl to whom the poems are dedicated and to whom they sing.
Line 2 A cinnamon is an East Indian tree, which produces aromatic inner bark used as spices. The rest of the line completes this image of the sensuous.
Line 5 A tamarind is a fruit ? bearing tree.
River bird, river bird
Sitting all day long
On hook over grass,
River bird, river bird,
Sing to me a song
Of all that pass
Will mother come back today?
You cannot know
And should not bother;
Tide and market come and go
And so shall your mother
In this simple deeply disturbing poem, cast in the form of a conversation
Between an anxious child and a bird, it touches on such personal problems
as loneliness, anxiety, uncertainty about the future and the humbling
knowledge of the transience of life. The finality of the bird?s reply puts a
seal on the child?s enquiries and underlines the child?s helplessness.
Line 3 This expression aptly describes the loop that is formed by the river bird that is perched on a long stalk, which bends under the bird?s weight.
Line 11 Tide and market are measures for time.
We have come to the cross ? roads
And I must either leave or come with you.
I lingered over the choice
But in the darkness of my doubts
You lifted the lamp of love
And I saw in your face
The Road that I should take.
This poem deals mainly with love and it captures the movement of certainty
and assurance when love is naturally given and accepted. Perhaps the most
interesting thing about the poem is its title.