You and I, when we sleep, we're like whales
because fish swim out of my mouth
and you dishevel the seaweed.
We hear the scent of seashells, the oranges of Sóller:
without earth that belongs to us belonging to the Earth.
Two Moroccans inhale glue
and the vapor climbs to our bedchamber;
the city throws its lights against the ceiling,
and perhaps there are cops, and perhaps sirens,
and the air is full of ash,
but our night, our night is submarined.
The Paris Review Spring 2013
Copyright © 2013 by Melcion Mateu
Translation copyright © 2013 by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
All rights reserved.
Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission