EYES – a poem by Jotamario Arbeláez


Take a pencil:
Draw with it a small curve
on a piece of paper,
now do the same but the other way.
You’ve closed it then
two hyperboles. Well done!
Erase the leftovers of the angles
towards the exteriors. Leave only the oval.
Now draw a circle in the middle
and paint it green to your liking.
Complement it with an open and
thick curve in the area above.
Follow these instructions two times
and find from her eyes the mystery.


Tomad ahora un lápiz
Trazad con él una pequeña
curva sobre un papel,
ahora haced lo mismo pero al revés.
Habéis cerrado entonces
dos hipérboles. Bien!
Borradle lo que sobre de los ángulos
hacia fuera. Dejad sólo el ovoide.
Trazad ahora un círculo en el medio
y pintadlo de verde a vuestro gusto.
Complementad con una curva abierta
y tupida en la parte superior.
Seguid dos veces estas instrucciones
y encontrad de sus ojos el misterio.

Poem from Her Body (Cardboard House Press, 2015)
Translation by Zachary Payne

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