Old woman by Ruben Dario

So the old woman said to me:
“Look at this dry rose
That enchanted the apparatus of her station one day:
The time the very tall walls throw down
It will not keep this book from its window.

In those dry petals there is more philosophy
Than what you could find in your wise library,
She puts on my lips the magic harmony
With which I incarnate all around the dreams of my distaff.

“You are a fairy”, I said to her
“I am a fairy”, she said to me,
And from spring I celebrate the joy
Giving life and flight to these rose leaves.

And she transformed into a perfumed princess,
And in the subtle air, from the fairy’s fingers
Flew the dry rose like a butterfly.

Old woman by Ruben Dario

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Lawndale, United States

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my own translation from Spanish of a poem by Dario, Nicaragua, died 1916, it talks about fairies and death.

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