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Robert Friends translations.
Copyright © Jean Shapiro Cantu
Federico García Lorca (1898-1936)
Translated by Robert Friend
A tree of blood has stained the early dawn
where the new mother groans;
her voice has left sharp crystals in the wound
and on the window pane a print of bones.
While ever faithful, the arriving light
hushes to white boundaries of fable
the quiver of the veins in their flight
towards the opaque coolness of the apple.
And Adam dreams in the fever of his clay
of a child who galloping draws nearer
in the double throbbing of his cheek, towards day.
But a darker Adam in his dream is turning
towards a moon of stone, seedless and neuter,
where the child of light will be burning.