Monday, November 27, 2017

Black Stone on top of a White Stone : César Vallejo

César Vallejo

I shall die in Paris, in a rainstorm,
On a day I already remember.

I shall die in Paris-- it does not bother me--

Doubtless on a Thursday, like today, in autumn.

It shall be a Thursday, because today, Thursday

As I put down these lines, I have set my shoulders

To the evil. Never like today have I turned,
And headed my whole journey to the ways where I am alone.

César Vallejo is dead. They struck him,

All of them, though he did nothing to them,

They hit him hard with a stick and hard also
With the end of a rope. Witnesses are: the Thursdays,
The shoulder bones, the loneliness, the rain, and the roads. 

César Vallejo 
   (1892 ~ 1938)

(Translated from Spanish by Thomas Merton)

(Thanks : Ken Bullock)

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