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A Steppe on the River Nazos
by John Howard Reid
Monday, July 05, 2010
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"A Steppe on the River Nazos", translated from the Spanish of Manuel José Othón, is just one of over a hundred famous poems included in the book, "A Salute to Spanish Poetry: 100 Masterpieces from Spain and Latin America rendered into English verse".


A Steppe on the River Nazos


translated from the Spanish of Manuel José Othón


Not one green hill or prairie!

I force myself to contemplate

that dry and burning plain

where Spring has never reigned.


Laid out monotonously from one fiery horizon

to the other, the plain is bisected by a lifeless river

with no steep banks or any reefs to give it color –

only the dying but hot-tempered sun for company!


Wind from the mouth of a furnace

whips across the dry and lifeless grass,

scorching every plant in its path

with burning breath.


Only the dandelion, breaking out of its prison

in the straw-painted cotton plant,

dares to raise its plumed,

white flagged head.



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