Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Alfonsina and the Sea


From the soft sand lapped by the sea
Your little footprint will never come back
A path full of pain and suffering
Reaches the deep water
A path of silent grief
leads to the waves.

Only God knows what anguish you had
What ancient pains silenced your voice
Lying down, lulled by the song
Of the conch shells
The songs that the conches sing
In the dark depths of the sea.

Alfonsina, you have left with your loneliness
What new poems are you seeking?
An ancient voice of the wind and the sea
Breaks off your soul and carries it away
And you follow, as in your dreams,
Asleep, Alfonsina, clothed with the sea

Five little mermaids will take you
Along paths of seaweed and coral
And phosphorescent sea horses
Will swim around you
And the creatures of the water
Will soon play at your side.

Dim the lamp a little more for me
Let me sleep in peace
And if he calls, don't tell him that I'm here
Tell him that Alfonsina will not return
And if he calls don't ever tell him that I'm here
Say that I have gone.

Alfonsina, you have left with your loneliness
What new poems are you seeking?
An ancient voice of the wind and the sea
Breaks off your soul and carries it away
And you follow, as in your dreams,
Asleep, Alfonsina, clothed with the sea.


[src - elia-illustration ]

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