Spanish Prayer

Maria Mercedez Carranza Poetry Writing Reading Literature Colombia

A simple and stunning poem by the Colombian poetess Maria Mercedez Carranza. My clumsy translation is below:

Prayer

No more dawns or fashions,

no more light, no more tasks, no more instants.

Just dirt, dirt in the eyes,

between the mouth and the ears;

dirt upon the crushed chests;

dirt inside the dry womb;

dirt tight on the back;

down the length of half-open legs, dirt;

dirt between hands that were left there.

Dirt and oblivion.

Read Bogotá 2013

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9 thoughts on “Spanish Prayer

  1. It is always an extra expirience to see something both translated and in the original form – it is like a double goodness.
    Thank you very much for sharing this!

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  3. I do agree with the use of dirt; Earth in English is too wholesome where as here she refers to the putrid nature and deafening fatality of being inanimate – death becomes you !

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