Woman Bathing

We present this work in honor of the poet’s 105th birthday.

08-01 Hebert
Anne Hébert
1916 – 2000


Sun’s rain on the sea
Red sun yellow sun
White noon sun
Blue sun on the sea
Melded water and fire
At noon.

Deep swell I go down
Blue sea green sea
Red agate
Blue green
Depth I go down

From the bed of receded waters
Surging to the surface
Like a daylong bubble
Silver fish
Are on the back on the belly
Riddled with gold shafts

Coming up at leisure
With well-wrought traps
Calm sluices
To seize the sun
In my soaked fingers.

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