The Road to Aleppo by Marcos Ricardo Barnatán

A shadow existed
Archaic or pure on the stone.

There was no earth
White moon sphinx.

Today the word’s mirror is
Dead time lost flower.

A road to the east from Antioch.

Marcos Ricardo Barnatán

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From Troubled Times, 20th Century Spanish Poets, Prospice 15: Edited/Translated by J.C.R. Green, Albert Rowe, & Sandra MacGregor Hastie.

The Birds at Last! by Dionisio Ridruejo Jiménez

The birds at last! They settle in treetops
waiting for the leaves from the buds
on dark branches or proclaiming
blossom on the bushes with their
fountain of chirping chatter. Their shadow passes
changed into diamond needs
piercing the crystalline shimmer
of the already thin skin of the lakes.
The birds at last! The lovely fever
of the sky back at work as the earth
unburdens bodies and in their eyes
talks to herself once more or laughs and calls
together
all that nearly died.

Dionisio Ridruejo Jiménez

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From Troubled Times, 20th Century Spanish Poets, Prospice 15, Edited/Translated by J.C.R. Green, Albert Rowe & Sandra MacGregor Hastie

Ancient Question, Ancient Reply by Luis Cernuda

Where does love go when it forgets?
It is not whom you question
It is who replies today.

It is another, to whom some more years of life
Gave the chance you didn’t have
Who may find a reply.

The toys of the child already a man,
Tell me, where did they go? You used to know,
Well, you were in a position to know.

Nothing remains of them: their ruins,
Formless and colourless, in the dust,
Time has carried them away.

The man who grows old finds in his mind,
In his longing, cheerless, empty spaces,
Where his loves walk.

But even if love dies, man still
Is not freed from love;
Its shade remains
And lust lingers on.

Where does love go when it forgets?
It is not whom you question
It is who replies today.

Luis Cernuda

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From Troubled Times, 20th Century Spanish Poets, Prospice 15. Edited/Translated by J.C.R. Green, Albert Rowe, & Sandra MacGregor Hastie.