The Guitar

Federico García Lorca

Translated by Cola Franzen
 
The weeping of the guitar
begins.
The goblets of dawn
are smashed.
The weeping of the guitar
begins.
Useless
to silence it.
Impossible
to silence it.
It weeps monotonously
as water weeps
as the wind weeps
over snowfields.
Impossible
to silence it.
It weeps for distant
things.
Hot southern sands
yearning for white camellias.
Weeps arrow without target
evening without morning
and the first dead bird
on the branch.
Oh, guitar!
Heart mortally wounded
by five swords.
 
From Selected Verse by Federico García Lorca. Translations copyright © 2002 by Cola Franzen. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. All rights reserved.

Poems by This Author

Arbolé, Arbolé . . . by Federico García Lorca
Tree, tree
City That Does Not Sleep by Federico García Lorca
In the sky there is nobody asleep. Nobody, nobody.
Gacela of the Dark Death by Federico García Lorca
I want to sleep the sleep of the apples,
Romance Sonambulo by Federico García Lorca
Green, how I want you green.
The Little Mute Boy by Federico García Lorca
The little boy was looking for his voice
The Old Lizard by Federico García Lorca
In the parched path


Further Reading

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A Violin at Dusk
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Alexander's Feast; or, the Power of Music
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B-Sides from my Idol Tryouts
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Hymn to the Night
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Street Music
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The Everyday Enchantment of Music
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The Supremes
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The Waltz We Were Born For
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The Weary Blues
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Two Pages, 122 Words on Music and Dance
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Untitled
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