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From “Depths”
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Swimming could be an extension of the desert

palm trees exasperate her calm

and stop life from moving on

like the rider on the dog

who said don’t compare me to the rider on the horse

because I haven’t a sword or sheath, not in my belt

and up till now I hadn’t considered it

as something he was missing

 

Translated from the Greek by Karen Van Dyck.