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June 7, 2010 / johnoliversimon

Second Tesla Rose Poem

Tesla Rose and Grandpa ready for a walk

TESLA ROSE 6 MONTHS: TEMESCAL CREEK

Once we set you in my front pack you’re ready
to go for a walk with snow-bearded grandpa.
There are no words yet for flowers and houses,
for cars and dogs and nannies hablando
a sus gringuitos en español, mientras
they dig some serious castles in the sand.
Cuando te veo por primera vez siempre digo
“¡hola hola! big girl, ¿cómo amaneciste?
o algo por el estilo de la trash talk;
what you understand is unconditional.
We’ll go on down where Temescal Creek rushes
through eucalyptus, back of the DMV
where blurred through crystal red roots brush the flow
of water running from way before your birth,
after my passing, when we we are names carved fading
on sandstone on sunny hills in yellow grass,
unless we all get eaten by the black hole
they’re firing up Wednesday under the mountain.
In stillness of the lost cars and summer wind
I sing you Give me a boat, Hush little baby.
You fall asleep with your head against my chest
trusting I can protect you from the future.

a little translation from the Spanish would be helpful to some for these lines:

Cuando te veo por primera vez siempre digo
“¡hola hola! big girl, ¿cómo amaneciste?
o algo por el estilo de la trash talk;

When i see you for the first time I always say
hi! hi! big girl, how did you wake up,
or something like that kind of trash talk

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  1. JoAnn Anglin / Jun 7 2010 8:05 am

    Greatly appreciate the integration of Espanol into your work. And also appreciate the translation guide at the bottom. And as a grandparent, I can relate to the contained [barely!] sentiments of the poem. Keep ’em coming!

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