by Amy Lowell (1874 - 1925)

I dug a grave under an oak‑tree
Language: English 
Available translation(s): SPA
I dug a grave under an oak-tree.
With infinite care, I stamped my spade
Into the heavy grass.
The sod sucked it,
And I drew it out with effort,
Watching the steel run liquid in the moonlight
As it came clear.
I stooped, and dug, and never turned,
For behind me,
On the dried leaves,
My own face lay like a white pebble,
Waiting.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , "Cavé una tumba bajo un roble", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2014-03-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 64