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Blanca Rosa de un Jardín Borrado
Thursday, November 24, 2016





The above photograph may not agree in any way with the line in Borges' poem (in English and in Spanish below)  A Rose and Milton


O you vermillion, white

Or yellow rose from a garden long erased,

But then I am the editor, art director, photographer and publisher of this blog so that's that. On the other hand the portrait of Kimberley Klaas who is now dead, makes the poem perhaps appropriate as she was a white rose of a now erased garden.



Una Rosa y Milton - Jorge Luís Borges

De las generaciones de las rosas
que en el fondo del tiempo se han perdido
quiero que una se salve del olvido,
una sin marca o signo entre las cosas

que fueron. El destino me depara
este don de nombrar por vez primera
esa flor silenciosa, la postrera
rosa que Milton acercó a su cara,

sin verla. Oh tú bermeja o amarilla
o blanca rosa de un jardín borrado,
deja mágicamente tu pasado

inmemorial y en este verso brilla,
oro, sangre o marfil o tenebrosa
como en sus manos, invisible rosa.

A Rose and Milton
By Jorge Luis Borges
Translated by A.Z. Foreman

Amid the generations of the rose
That in the deep of ages lie long gone
I want one to be spared oblivion,
Unmarked and undistinguished among those
Bygone. I am bequeathed by destiny
The privilege of bestowing the first name
Upon that silent rose, the last and same
Flower that Milton held and could not see
Before his face. O you vermillion, white
Or yellow rose from a garden long erased,
Your immemorial past, by magic placed
In the one present, is this verse's light:
Gold, ivory, or blood, the shades enclose
You, as his fingers once, invisible rose.



     

Previous Posts
Sirius - that Dog Star Dog

A Pant Brush - William Blake

So That Our Hands Would Meet - Jorge Luís Borges

Not at an Arm's Length

Arrival - No Zap-Gun Science Fiction

Potato & Leek Soup - Not

Manrique - Detective Steven Prenzl & His Pepper Sp...

Mistresse Mary, be you ficke?

That Elusive Signature Photograph

Filling in the Blanks With Very Good Help



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