sexta-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2013

Ars Poetica By Archibald Macleish

Ars Poetica
By Archibald Macleish

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

Dumb
As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown –

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twing by twing the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind –

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.

A poem should be equal to:
Not true.

For all the history of grief
As empty doorway and a maple leaf.

For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea –

A poem should be not mean
But be.

Retired from:
VIZIOLI, Paulo. Poetas Norte Americanos. Antologia Bilingue. São Paulo: Lidador, 1974.
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