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Poetry #499
(published August 12, 2010)
A Poem In The Spanish Style
by Luminator Thelms (translation help from Bablefish and William Gaskill)
My lover has left the rooms of my house
For the final time
And sold my heart
To an orphan girl who passed by.
(The orphan girl promised to pay
Her back within the year.)
Oh, foolish woman!
Your eye must tell you
The poor orphan cannot own
Enough oat porridge to nourish
My heart that you have stolen!
I hear that the poor girl
Now walks in the street at night
Clutching to her chest
My heart that is starving
And asking strange men
If a lifeless heart is good to eat.

Mi amante ha salido de los cuartos de mi casa
Por el tiempo final
Y ha vendido mi corazón a una
Muchacha huérfana que pasó cerca.
(La muchacha huérfana prometio
Pagarla de vuelta dentro del año.)
¡Oh, mujer absurda!
¡Tu ojo debera decirte que
La pobre muchacha huérfana no pueda poseer
Suficiente cereal de avena para alimentar
Mi corazón que usted ha robado!
Oigo que la pobre muchacha ahora camina en la calle por la noche,
Agarrando a su pecho mi corazón que esta muerto de hambre
Y que pregunta a hombres extraños
Si un corazón sin vida es bueno comer.

Luminator Thelms notes "while reading some of Neruda's love poems in translation, the author recalled that Elizabeth Bartlett Browning pretended her own sonnets were From the Portuguese, and so crafted the above work."

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