__________I come from eternity
Why did I have to leave?
_________why do I have to go back?
It’s really nice here in the countryside
An incoherent sentence
in this discourse that
_________________ goes on without end
________________ between all and nothing
Tablet without salvation
__________________ faithful reverse whirlwind
Every day is a sacred return
From the edge of my destiny
only your gaze sustains me
When you avert your eyes
______________________ my journey will begin
For Juan Carlos Pérez Flores
Translated from the Spanish by Jerry Harp
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