Lost in Translation

Lost in translation

I yearn to exist
Your words do not describe me
I'm not invented

I become re-named
Not as I was meant to be
You'll never know me

I'm an emotion
A richer experience
So discover me

A new found delight
To be savoured and enjoyed
So bring me alive

Yet I stay unlocked
Beguiling and beyond you
Forever unknown

Your words are just trains
Moving past what you can't know
Lost in translation

©Mark Davoren

Poem inspired following Anne Carson’s lecture entitled ‘Stammering, Stops, Silence: On the Method and Uses of Untranslation’.

(The Poetry Society/University of Liverpool’s Kenneth Allott Lecture held on 30th September 2013 at the Leggate Theatre,  Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool.)

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