oda al vino.

i ran into a wonderful book of poetry by one of my favorite spanish poets-the chilean pablo neruda last weekend. a friend of mine then sent me a link to oda al vino, one of neruda’s many wonderful pieces. here it is…and my (ROUGH) translation. this piece is particularly phenomenal.

ODA AL VINO.

VINO color de día | wine the color of day
vino color de noche, | wine the color of night
vino con pies de púrpura | wine with royal purple legs
o sangre de topacio, | or topaz blood
vino, | wine
estrellado hijo | starry son
de la tierra, | of the earth
vino, liso | wine, smooth
como una espada de oro, | like a golden sword
suave | smooth
como un desordenado terciopelo, | like a disorganized velvet
vino encaracolado | curly wine
y suspendido, | hanging
amoroso, | loving
marino, | from the sea
nunca has cabido en una copa, | you’ve never fit in a cup
en un canto, en un hombre, | in a song, in a man
coral, gregario eres, | coral and gregarious you are
y cuando menos, mutuo. | and when any less, mutual.
A veces | Sometimes
te nutres de recuerdos | you supply memories
mortales, | mortals
en tu ola | in your wave
vamos de tumba en tumba, | we go from grave to grave
picapedrero de sepulcro helado, | chipping of a frozen grave
y lloramos | and we cry
lágrimas transitorias, | transitoty tears
pero | but
tu hermoso | your beautiful 
traje de primavera | suit of spring
es diferente, | is different,
el corazón sube a las ramas, | the heart climbs the branches
el viento mueve el día | the wind moves the day
nada queda | nothing remains
dentro de tu alma inmóvil. | inside of your still soul.
El vino | Wine
mueve la primavera, | moves the spring
crece como una planta la alegría, | happiness grows like a plant,
caen muros, | walls fall
peñascos, | large rocks
se cierran los abismos, | close the abysses, 
nace el canto. | the song is born.
Oh tú, jarra de vino, en el desierto | Oh you, pitcher of wine, in the desert
con la sabrosa que amo, | with the tastiness i love,
dijo el viejo poeta. | said the old poet.
Que el cántaro de vino | I hope that the pitcher of wine
al beso del amor sume su beso. | the kiss of love amounts to your kiss.

Amor mio, de pronto | my love, suddenly
tu cadera | your hip
es la curva colmada | is the full curve
de la copa, | of the cup
tu pecho es el racimo, | your chest is the bunch
la luz del alcohol tu cabellera, | the light of the alcohol your head of hair 
las uvas tus pezones, | the grapes your breasts
tu ombligo sello puro| your belly button a pure stamp
estampado en tu vientre de vasija, | stamped on the belly of your vase
y tu amor la cascada | and your love the cascade
de vino inextinguible, | of inextinguishable wine
la claridad que cae en mis sentidos, | the clarity that falls into my feelings,
el esplendor terrestre de la vida. | the terrestrial splendor of life.

Pero no sólo amor, | but not only love
beso quemante | a burning kiss
o corazón quemado | or a burt heart
eres, vino de vida, | are you, wine of life, 
sino | but also
amistad de los seres, transparencia, | friend of the humans, transparency
coro de disciplina, | chorus of discipline
abundancia de flores. | abundance of flowers.
Amo sobre una mesa, | I love atop a table,
cuando se habla, | when she speaks
la luz de una botella | the light of a bottle
de inteligente vino. | of intelligent wine.
Que lo beban, | Drink it, 
que recuerden en cada | and remember in every 
gota de oro | drop of gold
o copa de topacio | or cup of  topaz
o cuchara de púrpura | or spoonful of royal purple
que trabajó el otoño | that the fall worked
hasta llenar de vino las vasijas | to filled the vases with wine
y aprenda el hombre oscuro, |  and the dark man learns
en el ceremonial de su negocio, | in the ceremony of his business
a recordar la tierra y sus deberes, | to remember the land and his debts
a propagar el cántico del fruto. | to spread the song of the fruit.

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