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Sonnet XXIV - P. Neruda

Sonnet XXIV ~ Pablo Neruda

Love, love, the clouds went up the tower of the sky
like triumphant washerwomen, and it all
glowed in blue, all like a single star,
the sea, the ship, the day were all exiled together.

Come see the cherries of the water in the weather,
the round key to the universe, which is so quick;
come touch the fire of this momentary blue;
before its petals wither.

There's nothing but light, quantities, clusters,
space opened by the graces of the wind
till it gives up the final secret of the foam.

Among so many blues-- heavenly blues, sunken blues--
our eyes are a little confused: they can hardly divine
the powers of the air, the keys to the secrets in the sea.



Amor, amor, las nubes a la torre del cielo
subieron como triunfantes lavanderas,
y todo ardió en azul, todo fue estrella:
el mar, la nave, el día se desterraron juntos.

Ven a ver los cerezos del agua constelada
y la clave redonda del rápido universo,
ven a tocar el fuego del azul instantáneo,
ven antes de que sus pétalos se consuman.

No hay aquí sino luz, cantidades, racimos,
espacio abierto por las virtudes del viento
hasta entregar los últimos secretos de la espuma.

Y entre tantos azules celestes, sumergidos,
se pierden nuestros ojos adivinando apenas
los poderes del aire, las llaves submarinas.

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