segunda-feira, novembro 08, 2004




Salome's Dancing-Lesson


She that begs a little boon
(Heel and toe! Heel and toe!)
Little gets- and nothing, soon.
(No, no, no! No, no, no!)
She that calls for costly things
Priceless finds her offerings-
What's impossible to kings?
(Heel and toe! Heel and toe!)

Kings are shaped as other men.
(Step and turn! Step and turn!)
Ask what none may ask again.
(Will you learn? Will you learn?)
Lovers whine, and kisses pall,
Jewels tarnish, kingdoms fall-
Death's the rarest prize of all!
(Step and turn! Step and turn!)

Veils are woven to be dropped.
(One, two, three! One, two, three!)
Aging eyes are slowest stopped.
(Quietly! Quietly!)
She whose body's young and cool
Has no need of dancing-school-
Scratch a king and find a fool!
(One, two, three! One, two, three!)

Dorothy Parker
Death and Taxes

Published/Written in 1931

2 comentários:

Gisele disse...

zoe, e mail me:
gicanaconaski@hotmail.com
beijos

Ivan disse...

Putz, que pena: o Ivanzinho adora ser pentelhado pra mostrar seu virtuosismo tradutório (às vezes ele acerta na mosca, outras a bola sai pela linha lateral...)

Mas pelo jeito você não pode mais reclamar da falta de comentários: até os anônimos estão atrás da sua rara e mui apreciada pelugem...

Pra não faltar a pentelhagem de minha parte, obtempero que esqueceste de creditar o poema a Dorothy Parker, ó pantera-deusa...

*rosnados de olhos semi-cerrados*