Nocturne: The Statue

by

Xavier Villaurrutia



Dream, dream the night, the street, the staircase

and the cry of the statue unfolding in the corner.

Running towards the statue and finding only the scream,

wanting to touch the scream and only finding the echo,

wanting to grab the echo and finding only the wall

and running to the wall and touching a mirror.

Find the murdered statue in the mirror,

take it out of the blood of its shadow,

Dress her in eyes that are closed,

caress her like an unforeseen sister

and play with the arrows of your fingers

and count into her ear one hundred times one hundred times

until you hear her say: "I'm dying to sleep."



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