Drunk As Drunk – Pablo Neruda

Translated from the Spanish by Christopher Logue 
Drunk as drunk on turpentine 

From your open kisses, 

Your wet body wedged 

Between my wet body and the strake 

Of our boat that is made of flowers, 

Feasted, we guide it – our fingers 

Like tallows adorned with yellow metal – 

Over the sky’s hot rim, 

The day’s last breath in our sails. 
Pinned by the sun between solstice 

And equinox, drowsy and tangled together 

We drifted for months and woke 

With the bitter taste of land on our lips, 

Eyelids all sticky, and we longed for lime 

And the sound of a rope 

Lowering a bucket down its well. Then, 

We came by night to the Fortunate Isles, 

And lay like fish 

Under the net of our kisses.

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