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Sponge Tree

––by Vicente Gerbasi


I submitting myself to the solitude

of a sponge tree, stubborn tree

lean wolf, grey-green-grey

with teeth and spines

and hoofs like dark glass.

Indifferent to the hurricane

to the solar tortures

promethean skeleton.



[From Retumba como un sótano del cielo (Rumblings like a cellar from the sky), 1977, by Vecente Gerbasi (1913-1992). Translated by Ron Rodriguez, 2009. Originally published in NHS 2010, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs10/index.html.]