José Ángel Valente: “How the Body of Wounded Love Was Opened”

How the Body of Wounded Love Was Opened

How the body of wounded love was opened
like a bird of fire
bursting into flame between blind hands.

I did not know the limit.

The waters
could fall from your waist
to the terrible edge of thirst,
the waters.

José Ángel Valente

Translated from Spanish by Paul Weinfield, © 2016
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