Blanca Varela: “Family Secret”

Family Secret

I dreamed of a dog
a skinned dog
its body sang its red body hissed
I asked the other one
the one who turns out the light the butcher
what happened
why are we in darkness

this is a dream you are alone
there is no one else
there is no light
you are the dog you are the barking flower
sharpen your tongue sweetly
your sweet black four-legged tongue

the skin of man is burned by his dreams
human skin burns away
only the dog’s red pulp is clean
true light shines in the crust of his eyes
you are the dog
you are the dog skinned every night
dream of yourself and let that be enough

— Blanca Varela

Translated from Spanish by Paul Weinfield, © 2013
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