Neruda [LXXXVII]

[LXXXVII]
Las tres aves del mar, tres rayos, tres tijeras
The three sea birds, three flashes, three scissors
cruzaron por el cielo frío hacia Antofagasta,
crossed over the cold sky towards Antofagasta,
por eso quedó el aire tembloroso,
that’s why the air was set to shaking,
todo tembló como bandera herida.
everything trembled like a wounded flag.

Soledad, dame el signo de tu incesante origen,
Solitude, give me the sign from your unceasing origin,
el apenas camino de los pájaros crueles,
the barely highway of those cruel birds,
y la palpitación que sin duda precede
and the palpitation that is sure to come before
a la miel, a la música, al mar, al nacimiento.
the honey, the music, the sea, the birth.

(Soledad sostenida por un constante rostro
(Solitude sustained by an unfailing visage
como una grave flor sin cesar extendida
like a sombre flower stretched unendingly
hasta abarcar la pura muchedumbre del cielo.)
to span the sheer muchness crowding the sky.)

Volaban alas frías del mar, del Archipiélago,
Cold wings of ocean flew, from Archipelago,
hacia la arena del Noroeste de Chile.
towards the sands of Northwest Chile.
Y la noche cerró su celeste cerrojo.
And night threw the bolt on its celestial lock.

Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada. Cien sonetos de amor
1924, Pablo Neruda y Herederos de Pablo Neruda
1994, Random House Mondadori
Cuarta edición en U.S.A: febrero 2004

[English translation by JMN.]

(c) 2020 JMN. All rights reserved

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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