First thing after I shower, I brew a fresh pot of coffee, pour a cup and take it out to the garden to sit under the yellow-laden lemon tree where yesterday at twilight I saw a hummingbird, wings a blur, flit from globe to globe. Since having moved into this house far inland from the ocean we lived by for over a decade, ocean whose smell brought us home, whose salt smell was home, I’ve seen bluejays, white doves, and hummers, warblers and whistlers you won’t hear by the sea which can be calamitous, as that drowned crew of young Russian submariners only yesterday doomed by their leaders callous indifference… Old men sacrificing other peoples’ sons, as if the sea didn’t have enough old bones to gnaw on; it needed new young. For us, though, lucky enough to be on land, there’s nothing like a garden in bloom and the sight of new birds to loosen the ocean’s hold on us and start the new life.
Jack Marshall is one of America’s finest poets; we are honored to have him on our site. He has published 12 books of poetry (the most recent, The Steel Veil, 2008), and a memoir, From Baghdad to Brooklyn 2005; a book-length poem, TRACE (for which he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship), will appear in 2012.
Las abejas están desapareciendo Del aire de la primavera.
Los pájaros con el corazón Quebrado caen del cielo.
Los peces de a miles salen del mar Para depositar sus cuerpos clamando una misericordia de ojos abiertos sobre las riberas.
¿Y los humanos? ¿Qué sucede con Los humanos? ¿Te refieres a esos ciegos cadáveres que caminan?
What happens in this world?
Bees are vanishing From the air of spring.
Birds with broken hearts are falling from the sky.
Fish are coming out of water And deposit their bodies on the shore Claiming mercy with big open eyes.
And what is going on with humans? You mean those walking Corpses who lost their eyes…
Pietro Grieco is Doctor of Divinity, has an OBD in Administration Sciences, and a Master of Arts in Literature and Writing. He taught at the Buenos Aires University and Belgrano University in Argentina, and at the California State University San Marcos, CA. Mr. Grieco wrote academic essays, poetry and seven books. Some of his articles on spirituality have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.