Poem… The Poet’s Destiny

The Poet’s Destiny

(translation|modification of Destino del Poeta)

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

Who will impose silence on a poet’s lips?
Who can go to war without weapons?
The words of a poet: beneficial arrows.
Villainous weapons: terrify the planet.

My rhymes water our cold human garden.
They are the sun’s tears. Impotent, the day breaks crying;
while in its obvious defiance, the tenebrous human night
covers its ears with severe winds to drown my song.

Poets die pronouncing eternal words.
Vicious time makes us suffer austere deaths.
It’s a curse that lasts a million serene nights;
but like Lazarus, every poet awaits the voice that proclaims: “Poet, come forth.”


–You can find the poem in Caribbean Poet, by Luis S. González-Acevedo or the original version in Spanish in Poemas Caribeños, por Luis S. González-Acevedo–



 

Poem… Snow & Flowers

Snow & Flowers

(translation|modification of Nieve y Flores)

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

Winter spreads its wool blanket,
covering gardens, skies and flowers.
To the wind, it spills chilled currents,
drowning the poor crying flowers.

Snowflakes fall,
covering each petal in bloom.
They become tears
and run to express their pain.

Flakes turn into droplets
and paint flowers.
The wind turns droplets back into flakes
and chills in the absence of heat.

Winter, bid farewell as spring returns
and the ice that confines flowers melts.
Remember, the liberated flowers will not cry
the snow’s estrangement and newfound intimacy with the sun.


–You can find the poem in Caribbean Poet, by Luis S. González-Acevedo or the original version in Spanish in Poemas Caribeños, por Luis S. González-Acevedo–




 

Poem… Love of Rose & Carnation

Love of Rose & Carnation

(translation|modification of Amor de Rosa y Clavel)

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

Centuries ago, in an isolated place
surrounded by jasmine walls,
a well-cultivated paradise
and beautiful garden existed in all splendor.

Stooping, the gardener planted
the seeds of a rose and a carnation.
With patience, he cared for them each day,
protecting their beauty, the essence of their being.

Eventually, the carnation looked at the rose
and the rose at the carnation.
The rose for the carnation: the most beautiful
The carnation for the rose: a beautiful being.

They hastened vows of eternal love.
The moon witnessed their covenant.
From that moment everlasting,
love was the foundation of their promise.

But one day, the rose saw a tulip
and immediately gave him her heart.
The carnation was stored in her forgetfulness
because of fleeting passions –without reason.

The carnation was informed of the affair.
He was wounded by the rose’s thorn
and left inert, pierced and moribund
with her prick plunged deep into his heart.

The sun launched its rays, assisting in his death.
Every petal in bloom dehydrated.
What was the carnation’s fortune?
Being bathed by the sun as he cried and withered.


–You can find the poem in Caribbean Poet, by Luis S. González-Acevedo or the original version in Spanish in Poemas Caribeños, por Luis S. González-Acevedo–




 

Poem… Dew

Dew

(translation|modification of Sereno)

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

Your affections are children of the night
whose father dies at sunset;
errant, with no one to reproach
their conduct in realms wet with dew.

Dew covers the face of its nocturnal reach
like a bloodhound covers terrain;
waiting for a flower to fall in a serene trance,
vital symptom of its nocturnal venom.

During daylight, the sun evaporates the waters,
letting them enter the celestial environment.
The nocturnal protector reincorporates them
into late sprinklings, nascent dew.

Darkness shelters the liquid substance
that at dawn covers a portion of the planet:
profit for gardens, fields and floras;
but for the night, a sign of its terrible death.

Night’s death is day’s birth.
Dawn participates in the astral encounter.
Sunset awaits rebelliously,
intending to once again unleash its dew.

Delightful Dew:
with your lustful frock just dying to shelter
an abandoned female
who will love you and let herself be loved by you.

The sun submerges in waters,
the moon springs up from the sea,
and Dew opens the doors
to bedrooms of roses lusting for love.


–You can find the poem in Caribbean Poet, by Luis S. González-Acevedo or the original version in Spanish in Poemas Caribeños, por Luis S. González-Acevedo–



 

Poem: Snow & Flowers (translation of Nieve y Flores)

Selected Verses:

Snow & Flowers

(translation of Nieve y Flores)pexels-photo-804417.jpeg

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

Winter spreads its wool blanket,
covering gardens, skies and flowers.
To the wind, it spills chilled currents…

…Snowflakes fall,
covering each petal in bloom.
They become tears
and run to express their pain.

Flakes turn into droplets
and paint flowers…

garden-rose-red-pink-56866.jpeg…Winter, bid farewell as spring returns
and the ice that confines flowers melts.
Remember, the liberated flowers will not cry
the snow’s estrangement and newfound intimacy with the sun.

 

 

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