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To better gaze upon the night,
I am standing on the shore of my life.

Oh, how many captive stars!

To better gaze upon the night,
I am standing next to the sleeping water.

Oh, how many captive stars!

To better gaze upon the night,
I am standing with my back to the wind.

Oh, how many captive stars!

To better gaze upon the night,
I am standing at the foot of a smile.

Oh, how many captive stars!

(Oh, how many captive stars
at the bottom of my wound!
Oh, how many captive stars
crowning my death throes!...)

To better gaze upon the night,
I am dreaming beside the sleeping water.

Oh, how many stars on the shore!...

To better feel the night
I am going to pull its backbone from the fountain.

Oh, how many departed stars!

...............................................

(Silence stirs the branches...
A jasmine falls onto the water...

Oh, how many stars in my soul!)

To better gaze upon the night,
I am going to sleep on the shores of Nothing.

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Emilio Prados
Translation by Donald Wellman


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