Lake Ohrid

Homero Aridjis

Barbarians came to the world’s omphalos,

although the earth has many omphali.


They took possession of the wrinkled waters

and raised the prophecy of themselves they wanted

            to hear.


They drew borders in the water, as if the water

were divisible. The lake remained ungraspable.


Like a drunken eye on the waves the sun danced

in the barbarians’ faces and on the omphalos of their



There was a whiteness whiter than white then.

And all the trees on the shore gazed at that light.




Aridjis, Homero. “Lake Ohrid.” Poemas solares: Solar Poems. Trans. George McWhirter. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2010. p 165.

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