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Party Time Julio Herrera y Reissig
by John Howard Reid
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For my final sample from "A Salute to Spanish Poetry: 100 Masterpieces from Spain and Latin America rendered into English verse", I offer this delightful rustic scene from one of my favorite poets, Uruguay's Julio Herrera y Reissig.


 

Party Time

 

translated from the Spanish of Julio Herrera y Reissig

 

 

 

Supper is over – vegetables, brown bread

and grapes still resplendent with virgin dew.

 

Supper has been supped, prayers have been prayed,

the old man has finished an amenable anecdote,

and the group puts on their party clothes

with act-the-goatish pleasure.

 

Lydia runs in circles around the room.

Lux sings. Palemon walks on stilts.

Everyone is laughing,

 

Grandma calls for quiet: “Silencio!”

Near the blind old man, Anonymous, the dog,

lowers his guide dog eyes, intimate and frank.

 

Now that they can all hear the sound of chestnuts

jumping in the fire, their pure hearts beat in unison.

 

Meanwhile, in the generous silence outdoors,

emaciated fields turn white with the cold.

 

The moon casts a serene, snowy light;

and the lake shakes with a milky shiver.

 

John Howard Reid

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