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Julio Ortega


Translated by Michael L. Smith

My heart has led me
like a drunk behind the bandandgrills
adrift in a night's street
just among just words

Wherever you are    abandon that place
Drop everything that doesn't live
under the sway of a rebellious hand

And with you I will spend the fortune
crazy treasure of one day more
-- and all again
until thirst bruises me

Wherever you are    abandon that place
Wake up or wake me up
reeoling and rick like drunks
who have forgotten the way home

And let this day go and also
the one to come -- its rush yields
another night to your body

Rituales, 1976