Saturday, December 17, 2005

Antonio Machado

Antonio Machado was born in Seville in 1875.
His poems are full of Mediterranean atmosphere.
I especially like this one

"A Labyrinth of Narrow Streets,"

A labyrinth of narrow streets converges
on the deserted plaza.

On one side the old big wall in shadow
of a church in ruin; on the other
the whitish adobe wall of an orchard

with cypresses and palms,
and before me the house,
and on the house the iron grille
outside the window
that light blurs her placid
and smiling face.

I will go away.
I don't want to call at your window...

Spring comes,
her white dress floats in the wind
of the dead plaza.
She comes to burn the red roses
of your bushes
... I want to see her...

From Border of a Dream: Selected Poems ,
translated by Willis Barnstone.


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