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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:47 AM
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The RetroLounge Daily Poem Thread (Thu 8/3/06)
Little Viennese Waltz

In Vienna there are ten little girls,
a shoulder for death to cry on,
and a forest of dried pigeons.
There is a fragment of tomorrow
in the museum of winter frost.
There is a thousand-windowed dance hall.

Ay, ay, ay, ay!
Take this close-mouthed waltz.

Little waltz, little waltz, little waltz,
of itself of death, and of brandy
that dips its tail in the sea.

I love you, I love you, I love you,
with the armchair and the book of death,
down the melancholy hallway,
in the iris's darkened garret,

Ay, ay, ay, ay!
Take this broken-waisted waltz.

In Vienna there are four mirrors
in which your mouth and the ehcoes play.
There is a death for piano
that paints little boys blue.
There are beggars on the roof.
There are fresh garlands of tears.

Ay, ay, ay, ay!
Take this waltz that dies in my arms.

Because I love you, I love you, my love,
in the attic where the children play,
dreaming ancient lights of Hungary
through the noise, the balmy afternoon,
seeing sheep and irises of snow
through the dark silence of your forehead

Ay, ay, ay, ay!
Take this " I will always love you" waltz

In Vienna I will dance with you
in a costume with
a river's head.
See how the hyacinths line my banks!
I will leave my mouth between your legs,
my soul in a photographs and lilies,
and in the dark wake of your footsteps,
my love, my love, I will have to leave
violin and grave, the waltzing ribbons.

Federico Garcia Lorca

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and in the original Spanish....
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Pequeno Vals Vienes

En Viena hay diez muchachas,
un hombro donde solloza la muerte
y un bosque de palomas disecadas.
Hay un fragmento de la manana
en el mueso de la escarcha
Hay un salon con mil ventanas

Ay, ay, ay, ay,
Toma este vals con la boca cerrada

Este vals, este vals, este vals,
de si, de muerte y de conac
que moja su cola en el mar

Te quiero, te quiero, te quiero,
con la butaca y el libro muerto,
por el melancolico pasillo
en el oscuro desvan del lirio,
en nuestra cama de la luna
y en la danza que suena la tortuga.

Ay, ay, ay, ay,
Toma este vals con la boca cerrada

En Viena hay cuatro espejos
donde juegan tu boca y los ecos,
Hay una muerte para piano,
que pinta de azul a los muchachos.
Hay mendigos por los tejados
Hay frescas guirnaldas de llanto

Ay, ay, ay, ay,
Toma este vals con la boca cerrada

Porque te quiero, te quiero, amor mio,
en el desvan donde juegan los ninos,
sonando viejas luces de Hungria
por los rumores de la tarde tibia,
viendo ovejas y lirios de nieve
por el silencio oscuro de tu frente.

Ay, ay, ay, ay,
Toma este vals con la boca cerrada

En viena bailare contigo
con un disfraz que tenga
cabeza de rio.
Mira que orillas tengo de jacintos
Dejare mi boca entre tus piernas,
mi alma en fotografias y azucenas,
y en las ondas oscuras de tu andar
quiero, amor mio, amor mio, dejar,
violin y sepulcro, las cintas del vals.

Federico Garcia Lorca

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Thank to Heidi for sending me this poem...

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RL

If you have a request for a certain Poet, post their name in the thread and I will find a poem by them and post it...

if you want to see some of my poetry, see the blog at:
http://www.myspace.com/retropaul
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:11 AM
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1. Lovely.
Thank you for posting this, and for keeping poetry alive at DU. :thumbsup:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:35 PM
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5. You're welcome...
thanks for the suggestion...

:hi:

RL
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:43 AM
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2. I can almost reach out and touch Europe....
smell it and see it...beautiful. thanks RL :hi:

Heidi...this is the Leonard Cohen tune, right? :shrug:
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:55 PM
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6. Hi, gf.
Leonard Cohen's "Take This Waltz" is based on this poem. :hi:
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Callalily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:48 AM
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3. I so admire the
cadence of this poem. And this line has hit far too close to my heart;

and in the dark wake of your footsteps,
my love, my love, I will have to leave


Thanks for sharing this with us RL!

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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:08 AM
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4. Good morning, my dear RetroLounge..........
How lovely and strange!

Beautiful imagery......

Thank you so much, sweetie........ :hug:
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