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Adagio by Leopoldo Lugones
by John Howard Reid

Friday, January 01, 2010
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Do you like Spanish poetry? I've translated 21 famous Spanish poems for my 96-poem collection (the other 75 are all my own work), ESCAPE TO PARADISE AND OTHER POETIC FANCIES.


 

Adagio

 

translated from the Spanish of Leopoldo Lugones

Your morose desolation,

a carbon copy  of delirium,

puts my soul into mourning.

Yet a sudden phrase of joyful

notes transforms my sigh

into a celestial butterfly. 

 

The taste of fresh rose petals

intoxicates my arid tongue,

and moistens my song unsung:

my naïve happiness in the loss above

only to find the lips of my love.

Themes of love, my humble flute

will sing in ecstatic praise.

I am pale yet happy all my days,

and in the evening, as the piragua sails,

marking the water with childlike nails,

my sweetheart will sing the same salute.

 

John Howard Reid
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Reviewed by Joel Sattler 1/2/2010
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