Recuerdo lnfantil / Memory from Childhood

October 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Una tarde parda y fria

de invierno. Los colegiales

estudian. Monotonia

de lluvia tras los cristales.

Es la clase. En un cartel

se representa a Cain

fugitivo, y muerto Abel,

junto a una mancha carmin.

Con timbre sonoro y hueco

truena el maestro, un anciano

mal vestido, enjuto y seco,

que lleva un libro en la mano.

Y todo un coro infantil

va cantando la lección:

“Mil veces ciento, cien mil,

mil veces mil, un millión.”

Una tarde parda y fr’a

de invierno. Los colegiales

estudianMonoton’a

A chilly and overcast afternoon

in winter. The students

are studying. Steady boredom

of raindrops across the windowpanes.

It is time for class. In a poster

Cain is shown running

away, and Abel dead,

not far from a red spot.

The teacher, with a voice husky and hollow,

is thundering. He is an old man badly dressed

withered and dried up,

who is holding a book in his hand.

And the whole children’s choir

is singing its lesson:

one thousand times one hundred is one hundred thousand

one thousand times one thousand is one million

A chilly and overcast afternoon

in winter. The students

are studying. Steady boredom

of raindrops across the window panes.

by Antonio Machado. Hardie St. Martin, de la lluvia en los cristales. Roots and Wings: Poetry from Spain, 1900-1975. New York: Harper and Row, 1976

 

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