The Despairing Man Draws a Serpent

By Pablo Antonio Cuadra

Translated By Thomas James Merton

I went up the hill   
At moonrise.

She swore that she would come   
By the south way.

A dusky hawk   
Caught up the path   
In his talons.

Thomas Merton, “The Despairing Man Draws a Serpent” from Emblems of a Season of Fury. New York: New Directions, 1963. Copyright 1977 by The Trustees of the Merton Legacy Trust. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Source: The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton (1977)

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Poet Pablo Antonio Cuadra

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Nature, Relationships, Men & Women, Animals

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