Yves Bonnefoy: “May a Place be Made”

May a Place be Made

May a place be made for him who draws near,
for him who is cold and deprived of a home,

for him who is tempted by the sound of a lamp,
by the illuminated doorway of a solitary house.

And if he be anguished and still full of fatigue,
may words of healing be said to him again.

For what does a heart, once silent, now need,
if not words to be both a sign and a prayer,

like a little fire seen suddenly in the night,
like a table glimpsed in a destitute house?

Yves Bonnefoy

Translated from French by Paul Weinfield, © 2015
Photo by Gary Briechle

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