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A citizen of the United States, France and Spain, Hélène Cardona is a poet, actress, translator, lyricist, teacher and dream analyst. She studied English Philology in Cambridge, England; Spanish at the International Universities of Santander and Baeza, Spain; and German at the Goethe Institute in Bremen, Germany.  She attended Hamilton College, New York, where she also taught French and Spanish, and the Sorbonne, Paris, where she wrote her thesis on Henry James for her Master’s in American Literature. She is the author of the bilingual poetry collection The Astonished Universe. Her poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Mythic Passages, The American Center for Artists, Askew and Spillway.


Inquisitive Life

           Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible
                     things before breakfast.
                                   ~ Lewis Carroll
Brimming with elephants and giraffes
My own elfin world
In the midst of storms and rainbows
A temple submerged, lavish
Where I forget everything
The ocean heralds
When the colossal wave arises
The elephant will go on top
Of the giraffe, and you will know
To breathe inside the hollow water
And it happens at the Vernal Equinox
Even if it’s hard to believe