Why the nightingale sings

Beauty of lip
       beauty of gesture
of word and deed
       Early summer days
the sap has risen
       the trees are in leaf
and everywhere seeds
       That the purpose of life
is life :
       more and more of it

Why the nightingale sings
       why the dove coos
why the bulls in the fields
       defend the territory
that they want to cover
       Beauty of hand in hand
beauty of lovers’ eyes
       locked in love

John Lyons


Porque o rouxinol canta

Beleza de lábios
         beleza do gesto
de palavra e ação
         Primeiros dias de verão
a seiva subiu
         as árvores estão em folha
e em toda parte sementes
         Que o propósito da vida
é a vida:
         mais e mais disso

Porque o rouxinol canta
         porque a pomba arrulha
porque os touros nos campos
       defendem o território
que eles querem cobrir
         beleza de mãos dadas
beleza dos olhos dos amantes
       travados no amor

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