Alfonsina and the sea (Alfonsina y el mar)

English translation

Alfonsina and the sea

Across the soft sand that the waves lick
Her small footprints are not coming back anymore
Only one path made of sorrow and silence
Reached the deep water
Only one path made of untold sorrows
Reached the foam
 
Only God knows about the anguish that accompanied you
And about the old pains your voice never told
That caused you to go to sleep, lulled by the song
Of the seashells
The song sung in the depths of the dark sea by
The seashell
 
You're going away, Alfonsina
Along with your loneliness
What kind of new poems did you go looking for?
An ancient voice made of wind and salt
Is shattering your soul and taking you away
And you go there, like in a dream
Asleep, Alfonsina, dressed with the sea
 
Five little mermaids will escort you
Through paths made of seaweed and corals
And phosphorescent sea horses will sing
A round, by your side
And the aquatic dwellers
Will soon play by your side
 
Dim the light of the lamp a bit for me
Let me sleep in peace, nurse [1]
And if he calls don't tell him I'm here
Tell him that Alfonsina is not coming back
And if he calls never tell him I'm here
Tell him that I have left
 
You're going away, Alfonsina
Along with your loneliness
What kind of new poems did you go looking for?
An ancient voice made of wind and salt
Is shattering your soul and taking you away
And you go there, like in a dream
Asleep, Alfonsina, dressed with the sea
 
Submitted by citruswind on Fri, 22/04/2011 - 18:51
Author's comments:

[1] A wet nurse

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Alfonsina y el mar

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Comments
kubeseba     April 23rd, 2011

Very splendid translation! I corrected along yours.

citruswind     April 23rd, 2011

Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked it Smile

stefanmani     July 27th, 2012

excelente! Big smile

GrigoryPtashko     June 19th, 2013

Thank you!
This is a very beautiful song. You should listen to it in Avishai Cohen's (the bassist) performance. It is very lyrical and beautiful.