A Different Death, Ulalume González de León

Dale Champlin, Masked Lady Snake, Collage, 2021



Que me pasara la muerte
entre la vida y la muerte
como me paso la vida

Que mi polvo tuviera 
accesos de luz
como tiene mi carne
accesos de penumbra

Que en el reverso de este canto
interrumpido por cortocircuitos de ausencia
me esperara un silencio roto por chispas de pensamiento
por relámpagos de amor



(translated by Terry Ehret, John Johnson, Nancy J. Morales, from subsection, Muertos [1970-1971])

If only death happened to me
between life and death 
as life happens to me

If only my dust had
fits of light 
as my flesh has
fits of shadow

If only on the other side of this song
interrupted by short-circuits of absence
a silence awaited me, broken by sparks of thought
by lightning bolts of love

Ulalume González de León

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