BÓREAS/BOREAS

Millions of years ago, six pair of siblings left us the wind, a boiling suspension towards Sipofene // Hace millones de años, seis pares de hermanos nos heredaron el viento, un suspenso que hierve en dirección a Sipofene.

 

CUANDO LOS HUESOS QUEMAN, Sipofene,
a gota de agua cuelga la espina;
tu sexo de Cadmo galopa el amaretto.
Las estrellas en guerra
iluminan tu canto blanco,
tu piel de Cadmo sobre estiércol de venado,
canto de chicharras y encajeras:
tu madre fue una centella.

WHEN THE BONES BURN, Sipofene,
The spine hangs down at a water drop;
Your Cadmus sex gallops the amaretto.
The stars at war
Illuminate your white singing,
Your skin of Cadmus on deer dung,
Song of cicadas and lace woman:
Your mother was a spark.

CON EL GESTO AMARGO,
las familias despiden al gigante
que desciende en vuelo precipitado
de cáncer a ser padre;
la “ye” del esclavo nos delata,
el amor no resiste el velo:
los mejores versos se pierden al aire.

WITH BITTER GESTURE,
The families bid farewell to the giant
Who descends into a precipitate flight
Of cancer to be a father;
The “y” of the slave betray us,
Love can’t withstand the veil:
The best verses are lost in the air.

CUANDO EN EL CAMINO VEAS
a quien te quiere descalza, Sipofene,
siéntate a vendar sus pies;
los caballos traerán la cal de los guijarros
y el carbón para tus manos
curtidas por fuego y cirrosis.
Los buscapiés labran para otros
lo que en casa será discordia,
así que continúa con tu solario
antes de pelear en tierra lo que es del mar,
antes de disparar contra el nahual.
Despierta, la sal también atería.

IF ON THE GO YOU SEE
Who loves you barefoot, Sipofene,
Sit and bandage their feet;
The horses will bring you lime from pebbles
and coal for your hands
hardened by fire and cirrhosis.
The squibs plow for others
What at home will be discord,
So keep on with your solarium
Before fighting on the ground for what belongs to the sea,
Before shooting at the nahual.
Wake up. Salt also would freeze.

CUANDO LOS ENUNCIADOS SE HAGAN CHIQUITOS
como los huesos de los amigos,
pisa con impromptu el silencio,
los kilómetros desbocarán la aurora
en tu volcán cacique;
las carretas cargarán
el memorial de la ausencia.
Allá donde la mandrágora se esconde
conjura quién eres.

WHEN THE SENTENCES SHRINK
Like the bones of friends,
Impromptu step on silence,
Kilometers will bolt the dawn
Into your despot volcano
The roads will carry
The memorial of absence.
There, where the mandrake lurks
Conjures who you are.

LOS JORNALEROS aúllan con el sonido
de la guerra en los campos de amapola,
música para becerros,
pito de tren que lleva el aliento
del soldado alimentado por Chernobyl.
Hay tanto destensando el hilo, Sipofene,
tanta llama en la entrepierna,
botas humilladas,
manos metálicas,
silencios de comandancia.
¿Qué se llevará el polvo?,
si las hadas en carretera
hurtan el agua de las rosas.
Siempre estuvimos muertos frente al
desnudo de las medias violeta;
es un campo de hierro, Sipofene,
un campo queloide.

THE LABORERS howl with the sound
Of war in the poppy fields,
Music for calves,
A train whistle carries the breath
Of the soldier fed by Chernobyl.
There’s so much slackening the thread, Sipofene,
Such fire in the crotch,
Humiliated boots,
Metallic hands,
Headquarter silences.
What will the dust take away with it?
If we were always dead against the
violet stockings nakedness;
It is a field of iron, Sipofene,
a keloid field.

 

Zazil Alaíde Collins
Traducción: Ximena Atristain

Poems in Numéro Cinq (agosto)

From No todas las islas
Natural History
Words are crabs
Buried in the deep.
Shipwrecks speak
in seashells.
The wind sings its syllables
of whispered names.
.
The Giant Women
They came from the north,
but no one knows when they were wiped out.
From the cave of music
they made their rounds,
raising their pentagram arms;
they all croaked under lock and key.
The old men claim to have seen them
devoured by the sea.
.
from Boreas
THE DAY LABORERS howl with the sound
of war in the poppy fields,
music for bull calves,
train whistle that carries the breath
of the soldier suckled by Chernobyl.
There’s so much slackening the thread, Sipofene,
such fire in the crotch,
…………humiliated boots,
…………metallic hands,
…………headquarters’ silences.
What will the dust bring,
if we’re always dead in the presence
of the violet stockings’ nudity?
It is a field of iron, Sipofene,
…….a keloid field.
.
from Austral
THE WORLD SHOULD BE A BETTER PLACE,
with more poems and tulips;
no resection of the migrant
who flees in order to survive
the harassment of offices
that are after his right thumb.
Tell us what emporium has robbed you?
How many prisons have you trod?
Who knew the truth of your sandstone?
The cherry and blue meeting houses
were part of the eclipse.
We speculated up until the year of your birth.
NO ONE CLAIMS THE ASHES
of an angel of clay
in the jaws of the common grave,
no one asks for his minimum wage
at the sides of Cadmus’ ships,
and no one deserves to die by stone
on a high tension cliff,
but there go the 50 thousand orphans
who have lost their hunger
walling in the cattle.
.
from Zenith
IT IS CALLED RAGE, Sipofene,
the substance that undermines us
breaks us
deludes us
the exhausted gaze of serfs;
it’s called weariness, Sipofene,
this solitude without a capital
these lead hillsides,
paradise of the dissidents.
Traducciones de Cody Copeland para “The Deserts and the Seas: Zazil Alaíde Collins”, entrevista de Dylan Brennan en Numéro Cinq (agosto, 2016).