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Antonio Machado - Songs (Fragments)

XI
     With words of love
a bit of exaggeration
just feels right.

XII
     In Santo Domingo,
the high mass.
Even though they call me
heretic and Mason,
praying with you,
what devotion!

XIII
   ..........................................

Celebrations in the green pasture
-- fife and drum.
With his flower-draped crook
and golden sandals a shepherd came.

     Down from the mountain I came,
only to dance with her;
to the mountain I'll return.

.....................................................

     Between the black oaks,
there is a fountain of stone,
and a clay pitcher
that is never full.

     By the oak wood,
with the white moon,
she will return.

XIV
     With you in Valonsadero,
Feast of San Juan,
morning in the Argentine plain,
on the other side of the sea.
Keep faith in me,
that I will return.

     Tomorrow I'll be the wind upon the plain
and my heart itself will go
to the banks of the High Douro.......

Poetry Chaikhana | Antonio Machado - Songs


A  favorite poet.
Partly because he often speaks for me.
Especially here.
Is this "sacred poetry?"  Probably not
But all one has  to do, often,
to turn a love poem into a hymn,
is capitalize a few nouns.
Its nice when one poem can serve several purposes.

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mamculuna
May. 21st, 2016 02:31 am (UTC)
So beautiful, such joy and pain.

I love Machado, too. I'm sure you know this one: Last night as I was sleeping.

Anoche cuando dormía

soñé ¡bendita ilusión!

que una fontana fluía

dentro de mi corazón.

Dí: ¿por qué acequia escondida,

agua, vienes hasta mí,

manantial de nueva vida

en donde nunca bebí?

bobby1933
May. 21st, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
I do not speak nor read Spanish; and when it comes to poetry. that makes me very sad. I have to say that i don't know Machado at all, only Bly's interpretation of him.

But i do know Bly's version of "Last night as i lay sleeping" and i like it very much.
mamculuna
May. 21st, 2016 05:07 pm (UTC)
My Spanish is not great, but it's enough to let me know the sound of that, which is nice. But I think the meaning is completely clear in Bly's beautiful translation, which I hadn't seen before. Thank you.
amaebi
May. 21st, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
A curiosity: When you say "sacred," what do you mean?
bobby1933
May. 21st, 2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
My True Self means nothing by the term and has no need to.

My small self continues to try to parse the illusion of duality.
"Sacred" is contrasted with "profane," or "secular," or "mundane." Its why Mary Oliver is included on the poetry Chaikhana website and Robert Service isn't.
amaebi
May. 22nd, 2016 12:01 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks.
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