Thursday, April 28, 2011

Raúl Gómez Jattin / A Small Elegy

Raúl Gómez Jattin


By Raúl Gómez Jattin

Translated from Spanish by Nicolás Suescún

Why remain a tree
if this two-year summer
tears away my leaves and my flowers
Why remain a tree
if the wind no longer sings in my foliage
if my birds migrate to other places
Why remain a tree
without inhabitants
besides those hanged ones that dangle
from my branches
like rotten fruit in Autumn

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