Thursday, January 12, 2012

"Don't ask why my strange heart loves you"

Don’t ask why my strange heart loves you.
Do you know how corals are formed at the bottom of the ocean?
Waves are talking about a sleeping beauty
but you live far away from the waves’ voice.
Your thought is a steep cave
against which my life is crashing in vain.

From "Don't Ask Again" by Vesna Parun

Hermaphroditus and the Nymph Salmacis, Bartholomeus Spranger, c.1580

The story of Hermaphroditus and Salmacis (from Book IV of Metamorphoses, trans. by A.S. Kline) is here.


Ankica said...

What a great link...

Ankica said...

* Link
in a sense of great combination:)

I wish there are more translations of her poetry... she is amazing...