On trembling

31 05 2011

Yo he repartido papeletas clandestinas,
gritando: ¡VIVA LA LIBERTAD! en plena calle
desafiando a los guardias armados.
Yo participé en la rebelión de abril:
pero palidezco cuando paso por tu casa
y tu sola mirada me hace temblar.

– Ernesto Cardenal

(I passed out fliers in secret,
Shouted “Long live freedom!” in the middle of the street
Openly defying armed soilders.
I took part in the April rebellion:
But I am afraid when I walk by your house,
When only a look from you makes me tremble.)


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