Claribel Alegría: “Savoir Faire”

Savoir Faire

My black cat is unaware
that he will die some day.
He doesn’t cling to life
as I do
he jumps from the rooftops
light as air
climbing tamarind trees
with barely a scratch
unfazed by steep heights
or dark alleyways
or treacherous scorpions
my black cat loves
every feline he meets
and doesn’t let himself
be trapped
by any particular love
as I did.

Claribel Alegría

Translated from Spanish by Paul Weinfield, © 2015
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