It’s been a while already since the last pair of animals
climbed into the ark.
An admirable job.
The solitary ones have remained on earth,
the unpaired, the ones marked
with a red felt pen
The chill of the first
drops disperses them
onto the avenues
from the port and docks
already without the strength to look up,
where thousands of hands and handkerchiefs
happily wave toward the promised land—
farewell, farewell, farewell—
always in pairs.
Translated from the Catalan by Sharon Dolin
All translated work in this issue is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.