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Storni, Alfonsina: Anguish (Dolor in English)

Portre of Storni, Alfonsina

Dolor (Spanish)

Quisiera esta tarde divina de octubre

Pasear por la orilla lejana del mar;


Oue la arena de oro, y las aguas verdes,

Y los cielos puros me vieran pasar.


Ser alta, soberbia, perfecta, quisiera,

Como una romana, para concordar


Con las grandes olas, y las rocas muertas

Y las anchas playas que ciñen el mar.


Con el paso lento, y los ojos fríos

Y la boca muda, dejarme llevar;


Ver cómo se rompen las olas azules

Contra los granitos y no parpadear


Ver cómo las aves rapaces se comen

Los peces pequeños y no despertar;


Pensar que pudieran las frágiles barcas

Hundirse en las aguas y no suspirar;


Ver que se adelanta, la garganta al aire,

El hombre más bello; no desear amar ...


Perder la mirada, distraídamente,

Perderla, y que nunca la vuelva a encontrar;


Y, figura erguida, entre cielo y playa,

Sentirme el olvido perenne del mar.

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Anguish (English)

This flawless October afternoon

I would like to walk the distant shore.


And the golden sands and green waters

And the undiluted skies would see me pass.


I would like to be tall, magnificent, perfect,

Like a woman of ancient Rome, in harmony


With the huge waves and the dead rocks

And the broad beaches that edge the sea.


With a deliberate gait, dull eyes, silent mouth

I would let myself be carried along:


To see blue waves break

Against tiny grains of sand, and not blink;


To see raptors devour

Little fish, and not sigh;


To think that small, flimsy boats

could disappear in the waters, and not awaken;


To see a beautiful man approach, a giant,

unattached: not to desire… not love…


To lose sight, absentmindedly,

To lose what would never return;


And, a figure upright between sky and sand,

To feel the incessant indifference of the sea.

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