ABRACADABRA, by Juan Arabia

Juan Arabia (b.1983 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a poet, translator and literary critic. He studied Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires and is now the director and publisher of Buenos Aires Poetry.


I’ll pawn my heart for a bird
and from it new stars
will fall for the world.

Because I still travel
—I’m a stranger—
bridges in cities
fall silent and shun me.

I’ll hide from atrocities
and injustices
until the dawn turns rosy
and heals itself.


Voy a empeñar mi corazón
hasta que sea pájaro y caigan de él
nuevas estrellas para el mundo.

Porque todavía viajo
—soy un extraño—
y en las ciudades los puentes
enmudecen y me lastiman.

Voy a protegerme de las atrocidades
y de las injusticias
hasta que el atardecer sea rosado
y cicatrice.

∇ Versions by ©Neil Leadbeater.

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