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A Nod to Our Neighbor, Mexico

On this fair May 5th, we note the celebrations of Cinco de Mayo in Mexico by offering a poem by one of that nation’s great poets, Octavio Paz.


Rápidas manos frías
Retiran una a una
Las vendas de la sombra
Abro los ojos
Todavía estoy vivo
En el centro
De una herida todavía fresca


Cold rapid hand
Draw back one by one
The bandages of dark
I open my eyes
Still I am living
At the center
Of a wound still fresh

Not the most light hearted of poems for a day of festivities but, one of his shorter…

The poem and this translation come from:
The Collected Works of Octavio Paz, 1957—1987
Editor, Eliot Weinberger
Published by New Direction Books in 1990


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