Oh, to have someone sing this to me!

16 Oct

Live performance of Ojalá by local rock band Fiel a la Vega, 1997.

Written by Silvio Rodríguez, Cuban singer/song writer.  Dedicated to Emilia, the ghost of a long lost love (a bit of the poetry gets lost in the translation, but they still are beautiful words).

Ojalá

May the leaves never touch your body as they fall,
so that they don’t turn into glass
May the rain stop being a miracle that drips down your body,
May the moon come out even without you,
May the earth never kiss your steps

May you lose the steady glance, the exact word, the perfect smile,
May something happen that will suddenly erase you:
a blinding light, a shot of snow,
May death at least take me, so that I don’t see you so much,
so that I don’t see you always, in every second, in every vision.
May I never be able to touch you, not even in songs.

May the aurora not send screams that land on my back,
May your name be forgotten by that voice,
May the walls not hold the noise of your tired steps,
May the desire leave after you,
with your old government of corpses and flowers.

May you lose the steady glance, the exact word, the perfect smile,
May something happen that will suddenly erase you:
a blinding light, a shot of snow,
May death at least take me, so that I don’t see you so much,
so that I don’t see you always, in every second, in every vision.
May I never be able to touch you, not even in songs.

Some day someone will feel that way about me.

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One Response to “Oh, to have someone sing this to me!”

  1. Fern DeVilliers October 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    It’ll happen. 🙂

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