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Nicolás Guillén


Fueron a cazar guitarras,
bajo la luna llena.
Y trajeron ésta,
pálida, fina, esbelta,
ojos de inagotable mulata,
cintura de abierta madera.
Es joven, apenas vuela.
Pero ya canta
cuando oye en otras jaulas
aletear sones y coplas.
Los sonesombres y las coplasolas.
Hay en su jaula esta inscripción:
Cuidado: sueña.”


They went out hunting guitars
under the full moon
and brought back this one:
pale, elegant, shapely,
eyes of inexhaustible mulatta,
a waist of open wood.
She’s young, she barely flies.
But already she sings
when she hears the flutter
of sones and couplets
in other cages.
The somber sones and the lonely couplets.
There is this inscription on her cage:
Beware: she dreams.”

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