Poetry Month – Federico G. Lorca


Cancion de jinete///Rider’s Song

 Cordoba                                                                                                                                      Leina y sola///Distant and lonely

Jaca negra, luna grande///Black pony, large moon                                                                   y aceitunas en mi alforja///olives in my saddlebag,                                                           Anugue sepa los caminos /// Well as I know the roads,                                                       yo nunca llegare a Cordoba///I shall never reach Cordoba

 por ilano, por el viento,/// over the plains, through the wind,                                              jaca negra, luna roja,///black pony, red moon,                                                                      La Muerte e esta mirando///Death keeps a watch on me                                                Desde las torres de Cordoba///from the towers of Cordoba

!Ay que camina tan largo!///!Oh, what a long way to go!                                                       !Ay mi jaca valerosa!///!Oh, my spirited pony!                                                                    !Ay que la muerte me espera,///!Oh, but death awaits me                                                 Antes de llgar a Cordoba!///Before I ever reach Cordoba!

                                       Cordoba                                                                                                    Lejana y sola///Distant and lonely

                                          ~Frederico Garcia Lorca

 For some reason, this poem struck me when I was younger. I admired how the Rider kept plowing on, went through the journey even though he knew he wouldn’t be awarded. The journey was enough for him.

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