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Woman with a Somber Gaze

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Woman with a somber gaze,

Tell me, what do you see in the candles?

are they ghosts in the night

or are they flowers of the earth?

What do you treasure on your lap

illuminated and transparent,

even in the air

your silhouette appears?

Twice as much the pain,

twice as much the loss,

the flowers have become rivers

and the fragrance cries out.

Pondering at night,

vigil of the imagination,

bundle of lights and echoes,

stay up late during the wake...

Woman with a tender gaze

the flames of candles reach out;

are they mocking this moment

or are they restfully flickering out.

In your illuminated face

life rejuvenates,

to those who love death

this is a golden ninght in their sight.

For those who love life

it is a night of confusion,

the wax kisses the flowers

and the flame caresses the emotions.

Julie Sopetran, 1995

(Spanish poet)

Woman with a somber gaze in the cemetery vigil

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