This poem is taken from Stand 221, 17(1) March - May 2019.

Avianti Armand Five Poems
Translated by John H McGlynn
Inside a Theatre
for Frida Kahlo

Miss Capulina had never been to the theatre,
and so I told her this.

At the theatre, miracles happen:
The Sun takes human form
(with an eye in its hand),
A Man paints a Woman
(with a wooden leg),
A Woman who longs for wings.

The Man, Miss Capulina, is in constant flight
The Woman is always alone.

At the theatre, extraordinary things happen:
A Man dreams of rainfall
(whose water the earth will not absorb),
A Woman becomes the sky
(grey and hollow),
Wind transforms to arrows
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