Amor mío, al cerrar esta puerta nocturna
My love, on closing this nocturnal door
te pido, amor, un viaje por oscuro recinto:
I ask, love, for a voyage through dark environs:
cierra tus sueños, entra con tu cielo en mis ojos,
shut your dreams, come with your sky into my eyes,
extiéndete en mi sangre como en un ancho río.
stretch inside my blood like a wide river.

Adiós, adiós, claridad que fue cayendo
Goodbye, goodbye, clear light gone falling
en el saco de cada día del pasado,
onto every last day’s sack of the past,
adiós a cada rayo de reloj o naranja,
farewell to every ray of clock or orange,
salud oh sombra, intermitente compañera.
greetings, O shadow, sometime companion.

En esta nave, o agua, o muerte, o nueva vida,
On this vessel, either water, death, or life anew,
una vez más unidos, dormidos, resurrectos,
once more united, sleeping, resurrected,
somos el matrimonio de la noche en la sangre.
we are the marriage of the night in blood.

No sé quién vive o muere, quién reposa o despierta,
I don’t know which lives or dies, reposes or wakes,
pero es tu corazón el que reparte
but it’s your heart that distributes
en mi pecho los dones de la aurora.
on my chest the donations of the dawn.

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) 2021 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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