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1/22/2013

Nicolas Guillen's "Rios" (Rivers)

I'm sharing Nicolas Guillen's Rios (Rivers):

Rios

Tengo del Rin, del Rodano, del Ebro,
tengo los ojos llenos;
tengo del Tiber y del Tamesis,
tengo del Volga, del Danubio,
tengo los ojos llenos.

Pero yo se que el Plata,
pero yo se que el Amazonas bana;
yo se que el Misisipi,
pero yo se que el Magdalena bana;
yo se que el Almendares,
pero yo se que el San Lorenzo bana;
yo se que el Orinoco,
pero yo se que banan
tierras de amargo limo donde mi voz florece
y lentos bosques presos en sangrientas raices.
Bebo en tu copa, America,
en tu copa de estano,
anchos rios de lagrimas!

Dejad, dejadme,
dejadme ahora junto al agua.

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Rivers

With the Rhine, the Rhone and the Ebro,
my eyes are filled;
with the Tiber, the Thames,
the  Volga, and the Danube,
my eyes are filled.

But I know that the Plata,
and I know that the Amazon laps;
but I know that the Mississippi,
and I know that the Magdalena laps;
I know that the Almendares,
but I know that the San Lorenzo laps;
and I know that the Orinoco,
I know they bathe
lands of bitter mud where my voice blooms
and languid woods imprisoned in bloody roots.
America, I drink from your cup,
from your tin cup,
great rivers of tears!

Leave me, leave me
leave me now close to the water.

Copyright 2005 Nicolas Guillen.
 

2 comments:

Leonard Dabydeen said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem - vibrant and emotionally touching.

Yasmin Morais said...

Leonard,

Thanks for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed reading the poem. I too found it to be a really touching poem (and I do love rivers!)