Rafael Alberti: “The Dove Was Wrong”

The Dove Was Wrong

The dove was wrong.
It was mistaken.
By heading north, it went south.
It supposed wheat was water.
But it was mistaken.
It thought the sea was the sky,
and the evening, the morning.
It was mistaken.
It thought the stars were dew,
the heat was snow.
But it was mistaken.
That your skirt was your blouse,
that your heart was a home.
(And it slept by the seashore,
while you perched on a branch.)

Rafael Alberti

Translated from Spanish by Paul Weinfield, © 2013
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