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A lie! So I did it to trick you,
that's all. There it is. Anyway,
even you are going to see
how sorry I'll be for having been like that.

It's a lie! Hush!
It's over now.
Just like sometimes you've done the same to me,
that's why I did it.

Me, the way I snooped to make sure you really
were crying,
since there were other times you only kept on
sniveling to look sweet.
Me, who never dreamed you'd believe those things,
your tears won me over.
That's it.

So now you know: the whole thing was a lie.
And if you keep on crying, all right for you!
Next time I won't even see you when you're playing.


César Vallejo
Translation by Sandy McKinney

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