Monday, 26 January 2015

Poetry Revisited: Sol de invierno – Winter Sun by Antonio Machado

Sol de invierno

(de Soledades. Galerías. Otros Poemas: 1907)

Es mediodía. Un parque.
Invierno. Blancas sendas;
simétricos montículos
y ramas esqueléticas.
    Bajo el invernadero,
naranjos en maceta,
y en su tonel, pintado
de verde, la palmera.
    Un viejecillo dice,
para su capa vieja:
«¡El sol, esta hermosura
de sol!...» Los niños juegan.
    El agua de la fuente
resbala, corre y sueña
lamiendo, casi muda,
la verdinosa piedra.

Antonio Machado
(1875-1939)

Winter Sun

(from Solitudes. Galleries. Other Poems: 1907)

It is noon. A park.
Winter. White paths;
symmetrical mounds
and skeletal branches.
In the greenhouse
orange trees in pots,
and in its barrel, painted
green, the palm tree.
An old man says,
to his old cape:
“The sun, this beauty
of the sun!...” Children play.
The water of the fountain
slides, runs and dreams
lapping, almost silent,
against the greenish stone.

Literal Translation:
Edith LaGraziana 2015

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