Paul Hoover & William Shakespeare
MIS/TRANSLATION
 

Villanelle

 

Love’s sweet edge is sharpened by appetite.

Today by eating we have dulled it a bit.

Our hungry eyes see no wrong or right.

Hunger makes your kiss sharper than your bite.

I’ve known the best and worst of it.

Love’s sweet edge is sharpened by appetite.


The hearts of lovers are always in the right.

Though pleasure is touched with emptiness,

Our hungry eyes see no wrong or right.


For a day of love, we starve a thousand nights.

Only true lovers get their fill of it.

Love’s sweet edge is sharpened by appetite.

No dullness now, only things that shine.

Rivers drown in oceans, lovers in each other.

Our hungry eyes see no wrong or right.


The saddest lover knows the taste of life,

Weight of darkness, size of night.

Love’s sweet edge is sharpened by appetite.

Our hungry eyes see no wrong or right


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