by Lola Koundakjian, translated by Aldwin Li
Today I will go to a museum.
I will greet its colours, both light and dark –
I will wish its past well;
welcome my future.
Today I will read a book
and recall little things, life, the lives of men –
and call them to me; craft poems
that cradle new convictions.
Today I paint,
and gauge pages by graphite and part them
and practice with brush a blossom ballet
and watch her waltz words with water — watch