Last Night As I Was Sleeping

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that a fiery sun was giving
light inside my heart.
It was fiery because I felt
warmth as from a hearth,
and sun because it gave light
and brought tears to my eyes.

Last night as I slept,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that it was God I had
here inside my heart.

by Antonio Machado

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Please credit the translator as well. This version is from Times Alone: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado, Translated by Robert Bly. There is a good discussion and video reading at http: //writingandhealing.org/last-night-as-i-lay-sleeping There are other possible translations. The blogger says: The original Spanish word translated as error is illusion and can also be translated as vision. I dreamt – a marvelous vision! – a blessed vision! – that a spring was breaking out in my heart. But Bly's translation is best known, and adds depth and mystery with the contradiction marvelous error.
Please credit the translator as well. This version is from Times Alone: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado, Translated by Robert Bly. There is a good discussion and video reading at http: //writingandhealing.org/last-night-as-i-lay-sleeping - There are other possible translations. The blogger says: The original Spanish word translated as error is illusion and can also be translated as vision. I dreamt – a marvelous vision! – a blessed vision! – that a spring was breaking out in my heart. But Bly's translation is best known, and adds depth and mystery with the contradiction marvelous error.
This is one of the best poem I have read in the recent days, I takes you to the reality from dreams and back to it..
I will try to translate this poem in Hindi.....Loved it...10+++
So simple but so grand. The contradiction - marvelous error - forces us back on on ourselves, and back on his line,
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