Ramón Cote Baraibar Poems

POEM REMEMBERING CARL SANDBURG

Yesterday
a bus with thin green lines
painted on
passed by thirteenth street,
its windows
fallen into disorder,
like the socks of girls
coming out of school.
It went by with the wind
singing all along
a song of laughter,
of hurried and spontaneous fleetingness.
It was the sweetest sound
you could ever hear
at two o'clock in the afternoon.... more »

PRIMEROS POEMAS A UN COLEGIO

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Parece imposible admitir
que en el sitio del dolor pudieras algún día
observar toda su hermosura.
Allí donde te convenciste
de que la inutilidad era tu único don
reconocible, donde localizaste
para siempre tu fracaso.
En el lugar donde creciste estás ahora
y contemplas la disminuida
Extensión de tu infancia,
Tu extraviada maravilla.
Piensas
que tanta convicción en el dolor
- que habías entendido
como el más certero resumen de esos días -
no era tan necesaria ni tan verdadera
y que el colegio, puesto a la venta
y acosado por una desfigurada periferia,
empieza a padecer lo que tú ya padeciste.
Pero a pesar de todo,
no te atreves a traicionar de golpe
tu más querida y prolongada orfandad.
Es extraño que la acacia de patio muera
y que una buganvilia en flor la esté velando.... more »

FIRST POEMS TO A SCHOOL

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It seems impossible to admit
that in the place of pain you could some day
observe all of its beauty.
There where you convinced yourself
that uselessness was your sole
recognisable gift, where you situated
forever the diminished
expanse of your childhood,
your misplaced marvel.
You think
that so much conviction in pain
- which you had taken
as the most accurate summary of those days -
was not necessary nor so true
and that the school, put on sale,
and besieged by the shapeless outskirts
begins to endure what you already have endured.
But in spite of everything,
don't you dare suddenly betray
your dearest and longest abandonment.
It is strange, the acacia in the patio died
and a flowered bougainvillea keeps vigil over it.... more »

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