Ten Tequilas

21 Apr

Ten tequilas

 

Ten Tequilas  

 by Julio Trujillo (México)

 

I went out into the street in flames

and without myself,

what was left were shreds of gazes:

the world was my eyes

and my eyes

me,

seeking and at the same time

willing to be found,

striding down there below,

gasp and echo,

a flow without direction that wants

to debouch.

What sea awaits the man who brims over?

But the instant doesn’t ask questions,

it advances and remains standing,

straightens up to full height,

hoists

its colours

that in this blue night

keep flying.

 

 

Diez tequilas

 

A la calle salí en llamas y sin mí,

lo que restaba eran jirones de miradas:

el mundo era mis ojos

y mis ojos

yo,

buscando a la vez

dispuesto a ser hallado,

zancadas allá abajo,

resuello y resonancia,

caudal que va sin rumbo y que desea

desembocar.

¿Qué mar espera al hombre desbordado?,

pero el instante no pregunta,

avanza y se mantiene,

se yergue a toda altura,

iza

sus estandartes

que en esta noche azul

siguen ondeando.

 

Translation by Richard Gwyn.

This poem, along with 155 others by 97 Latin American poets, will be published in October 2016, in the anthology The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America, from Seren Books.

 

 

2 Responses to “Ten Tequilas”

  1. michael9murray April 23, 2016 at 13:15 #

    Loved this. Such a relief from present British writing.

  2. nick October 3, 2016 at 07:18 #

    diez tequilas is a feeling when you drink so much liquor which feels burning and hot. A feeling that liquor ruled your world. swaying, abnormal crossing of two feet or uncontrollable steps while walking. it seems your spirit is flying without direction. an urge that persuade your action to be more stronger but without knowing overpowers by liquor.

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