Walking in Autumn

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Skystones/Las peidras del cielo by Pablo Neruda

Here is the tree in the stone,
the demonstrable world, the hard beauty purely
contrived over hundreds of millions of years.
Agate, cornelian, the votary light,
exchanged fibres and juices
till the trunk of the giant
put off its dank putrefaction
and compounded a parallel image;
life failed
in the leaf,
and when the last vertical toppled,
the forest aflame, the fiery dust-cloud passed on,
all things were sealed in a heavenly cinder
till lava and time rendered
stone the reward of transparency.

Aqui esta el arbol en la pura piedra,
en la evidencia, en la dura hermosura
por cien millones de anos construida.
Agata y cornalina y luminaria
substituyeron savias y madera
hasta que el tronco del gigante
rechazo la mojada podredumbre
y amalgamo una estatua paralela:
el folla je viviente”
se deshizo
y cuando el vertical fue derribado,
quemado el bosque,la ignea polvareda,
la celestial ceniza lo envolvio
hasta que tiempo y lava le otorgaron
un galardon de piedra transparente.

Where do you walk in Autumn?

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