Note V

Selected Poems of Juan Gelman
 translated by Hardie St. Martin

Note V

don’t keep sadness away from the fireside /
sit here beside me / old gal /
you’re never going to leave me /
forgive me for neglecting you

for drifting from rage to rage
going out of one dead man entering
another dead man or shattered world /
for traveling like this all these years /

move up closer to me / sadness / so
much anger and so many dead ports
send a chill through me but
i have to go on moving / on and on

Notes  —  (Calella de la Costa, Paris Rome, August-October, 1979)
to Eduardo Galeano
          to Helena