Casida of the Rose

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Frederico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)
Frederico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)
Casida of the Rose by Frederico Garcia Lorca was written in the early 1930’s after his return to Spain from America. It is one of a number of poems in a collection titled “Divan del Tamarit”,  never published in his lifetime. They were intended as a tribute to old Arab poets. The casida were Arabic poetic forms and this, I think, is a sensuous example of the genre.
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Casida of the Rose
by Frederico Garcia Lorca
The rose
was not looking for the daybreak;
almost eternal on its branch,
it looked for something else.
The rose
was not looking for knowledge, of for shadow;
the boundary of flesh and dream,
it was looking for something else.
The rose
was not looking for the rose.
Unmoving in the sky,
it looked for something else.
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Dave Young – Good Poetry Licks at http://www.daveyoungpoet.wordpress.com
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