To An Arroyo


Manuel Acuña

When everything was flowers along your way,

when everything was birds in your surroundings,

yielding from your course to the slope

everything was fleeting and sudden in you.

Winter came with its mists, wine,

the ice that today makes your flow stagnant,

and in such a sad and strange situation

not even a pallid sun gives you a destiny.

And so in life the incessant flight

while everything is illusion, advances

in just one hour the scope of the sky.

And when the duel appears in the distance

then like you, changed in ice,

it can neither reflect nor hope.

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