Worlds Away

what the nomad brought home

Me acordé

Te encontré
En donde no me lo esperaba,
Hablándome desde los primeros rayos de la alborada,
Susurrando, tu voz disfrazada de la brisa,
Donde antes dormía mi paz vacía,
Y me acordé
De lo mucho que habíamos errado,
Lo que fallamos
Lo que fuimos
Y quienes llegamos a ser.

I found you
Where I didn’t expect it,
Speaking to me from the first rays of dawn,
Whispering, your voice disguised as the breeze itself,
Awakening me
Where I used to sleep my empty peace (*”sleep” as transitive verb) / Where my empty peace had slumbered
And I remembered
How very much we had erred
What we wronged
What we were
And who we are becoming / And who we became / And who we have come here to be.

* I have no idea what this one’s about, though reading it over calls to mind a dream I had when I was little. I typically don’t write in Spanish; I just heard these words, these lines in my head, two months ago, and I felt compelled to write them down. For whatever it’s worth, I decided I would post this, and I’ve translated the original into English. First of all, it wasn’t meant to be read in English, so forgive the awkward expression. Most importantly, however, some of the Spanish lines have multiple, simultaneous meanings. English only permits one at a time, but I’ve included them all. Read it as you wish.

* “Me acordé” = “I Remembered”

July 2, 2009 - Posted by | Español, Poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. it sounds good in english too, sister. of course, i know, it can never hold what it have in the original dishas not only the ingridians are different but the tasting tounge as well….

    happy you keep on posting
    beautiful days

    Comment by Utopian Fragments | July 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. Spanish is beautiful to the ear. Like Italian, it’s a crooning. 😉 I’d love to hear the original read as is.


    Comment by S.L. Corsua | August 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. Lindas palabras describiendo un lamento conocido por cualquiera. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Vic | August 25, 2009 | Reply

  4. This has a wonderfully dreamy quality. Very good!

    And where are you?? You are missed.

    Comment by zouxzoux | October 3, 2009 | Reply

  5. Everyone, thank you so much for stopping in! As some of you already know, I’m working on a Ph.D. since last fall, and the workload has become increasingly intense as time wears on. I’ve been doing lots of writing, just not nearly enough of the kind I’d like. 😉 I’ll still be back to check on you though every few weeks (or maybe, sadly, months), and to leave whatever I’ve been working on, when I have something new to share.

    Thanks again for your encouragement, and, especially, for your poetry!

    Comment by 20yearsfromnow | October 17, 2009 | Reply

    • have fun with what you do now. poetry never burns out but as coals in desert sand – awaits us warm….


      Comment by Utopian Fragments | October 17, 2009 | Reply

  6. Are you Spanish? This is really well written- love it

    Comment by poetryfromthebackofmyhand | November 1, 2009 | Reply

  7. I don’t know Spanish well, yet I enjoyed seeing these – both together. Very touching in a way that sweeps the reader in.

    Comment by jpenstroke | November 11, 2009 | Reply

  8. Thanks, “poetry!” I’m a native English speaker, studied Spanish in school and have done a bit of traveling in Latin America. It’s not my native language. How about you? I see you’ve written about Mexico, about Chile, about Tarija. Where are you from? You have me intrigued.
    Glad you stumbled upon my blog, and I look forward to reading more of your stuff.

    Comment by 20yearsfromnow | December 1, 2009 | Reply

  9. what Tarija do you mean? My mum is from Tarija in Bolivia. Have you been there? It would be awesome if you have. Email me sometime at we have so much in common it would be a shame not to. What’s your real name? How old are you?

    Katherine x

    Comment by poetryfromthebackofmyhand | December 2, 2009 | Reply

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