Delmira Agustini

(24 October 1886 - 6 July 1914 / Montevideo / Uruguay)

Nocturno (Nocturne )


Fuera, la noche en veste de tragedia solloza
Como una enorme viuda pegada a mis cristales.

Mi cuarto:...
Por un bello milagro de la luz y del fuego
Mi cuarto es una gruta de oro y gemas raras:
Tiene un musgo tan suave, tan hondo de tapices,
Y es tan vívida y cálida, tan dulce que me creo
Dentro de un corazón...

Mi lecho que está en blanco es blanco y vaporoso
Como flor de inocencia,
Como espuma de vicio!
Esta noche hace insomnio;
Hay noches negras, negras, que llevan en la frente
Una rosa de sol...
En estas noches negras y claras no se duerme.

Y yo te amo, Invierno!
Yo te imagino viejo,
Yo te imagino sabio,
Con un divino cuerpo de marmól palpitante
Que arrastra como un manto regio el peso del Tiempo...
Invierno, yo te amo y soy la primavera...
Yo sonroso, tú nievas:
Tú porque todo sabes,
Yo porque todo sueño...

...Amémonos por eso!...
Sobre mi lecho en blanco,
Tan blanco y vaporoso como flor de inocencia,
Como espuma de vicio,
Invierno, Invierno, Invierno,
Caigamos en un ramo de rosas y de lirios!


Outside the night, dressed in tragedy, sighs
Like an enormous widow fastened to my windowpane.

My room...
By a wondrous miracle of light and fire
My room is a grotto of gold and precious gems:
With a moss so smooth, so deep its tapestries,
And it is vivid and hot, so sweet I believe
I am inside a heart...

My bed there in white, is white and vaporous
Like a flower of innocence.
Like the froth of vice!
This night brings insomnia;
There are black nights, black, which bring forth
One rose of sun...
On these black and clear nights I do not sleep.

And I love you, Winter!
I imagine you are old,
I imagine you are wise,
With a divine body of beating marble
Which drags the weight of Time like a regal cloak...

Winter, I love you and I am the spring...
I blush, you snow:
Because you know it all,
Because I dream it all...

We love each other like this!...
On my bed all in white,
So white and vaporous like the flower of innocence,
Like the froth of vice,
Winter, Winter, Winter,
We fall in a cluster of roses and lilies!

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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