Jaime Sabines

One of my all time favorites.

For the delicate balance of learning what to say or not say, and when. And for knowing what’s being said without any words.

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TU CUERPO ESTÁ A MI LADO…

 

Tu cuerpo está a mi lado
fácil, dulce, callado.
Tu cabeza en mi pecho se arrepiente
con los ojos cerrados
y yo te miro y fumo
y acaricio tu pelo enamorado.
Esta mortal ternura con que callo
te está abrazando a ti mientras yo tengo
inmóviles mis brazos.
Miro mi cuerpo, el muslo
en que descansa tu cansancio,
tu blando seno oculto y apretado
y el bajo y suave respirar de tu vientre
sin mis labios.
Te digo a media voz
cosas que invento a cada rato
y me pongo de veras triste y solo
y te beso como si fueras tu retrato.
Tú, sin hablar, me miras
y te aprietas a mí y haces tu llanto
sin lágrimas, sin ojos, sin espanto.
Y yo vuelvo a fumar, mientras las cosas
se ponen a escuchar lo que no hablamos.

-Jaime Sabines

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2 responses to “Jaime Sabines

  1. I looked up the translation… and it was pretty amazing how much of it I could actually put together with what little I know of romance languages to fill in the obvious awkward translation gaps.

    Reminds me of Henry and June for some reason. Not the story, but the feel of what is being described. Maybe it’s the loneliness and the smoking…? Anyway, I like it.
    xoxo

  2. Oh! Glad you understood it. What’s the reference to Henry and June? You’ll have to tell me about it. And yes, the loneliness and the smoking! When I read this poem, I feel the character’s loneliness and longing; how much he has to say or express and doesn’t. But also, the feeling of acceptance, letting the space hear the words he might’ve spoken. It’s so beautiful. Thanks for dropping in. We’ll talk soon, love.

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