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La luna está mirando me/The moon is watching me

La luna está mirando me
en la día,
una canasta llena a mitad.
Yi el cielo se ve
tan grande hoy
en este camino donde
la luna se vacía luz de paz y amor.

The moon is watching me
In the daytime,
a basket half-full.
And the sky looks
so large today on this road where
the moon empties
light of peace and love.


Sometimes my thoughts come to me in Spanish. It reinforces my limited vocabulary and at the same time, it makes me thankful for the words that I do know. I recognize more words in reading and hearing than I can access from my memory alone.

A few years ago I wrote down a simple poem that came to me in Spanish. I can’t remember if I shared it or not. Maybe I did.

Yesterday I had to take my vehicle in to fix a tire that had a screw lodged in it. I only found out about it when I took it for an oil change a few weeks ago. I haven’t driven it much, but I confess I have driven it around town with that screw. It’s fixed now. I took it in and decided to walk briskly to BART and get to work that way. Along the way I took out my notebook—the thoughts and words were coming to me in Spanish. This time, I’m sharing it. I first scribbled it out in Spanish as best I could and then this morning, I rewrote what I had, adding and subtracting to try and get at that moment. I then translated it into English. The feel of translating my own words and thoughts—even if simple—from Spanish to English is quite a feeling—aligning—joining with my Mexican heritage, with my grandparents—indescribable.

p.s. Please forgive me if I’ve made some errors in the Spanish version and feel free point it out.  :)  One more note: One word I had to write in English on the Spanish version to look up because I couldn’t remember was “empties.” The Spanish word that seemed the right one was “se vacía.”

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translating words


  Congratulations on your original and translation to English.  I'm glad you provided the translation as I only know a little Spanish.  Beautiful thoughts in English and I can see the translation now if I try.

I tried that once with a poem (sorta a haiku, but not) written with French.  I sent it off to friends of mine (he is French, she speaks it...they are married) to see what he thought of it.  If it made any sense at all...he concluded that it did even if it was a bit weird syntax-wise.  But I never really translated it into English...or perhaps I should say, I never converted it as you did.  I left it in French. ~nan

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Thanks, Nan. I'm glad that

Thanks, Nan. I'm glad that you can see it.

That's encouraging that your friends said your poem made sense. I love the sound of the French language. I probably recognize 10 words total, but I feel like I can pronounce more, even if I have no idea what I'm saying--it sounds beautiful. That's cool that you wrote a poem in French. Hope you are still doing that.


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Rebbecca, I love the imagery


I love the imagery in either language, though I admit I always think Spanish, French and Italian in particular, look so beautiful when written on a page.


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Thank you, Annette! I agree

Thank you, Annette! I agree about the other languages and how they look--and sound. I know the English language is made of many languages, but it's interesting how different it sounds and looks. Language is a wonderful, perplexing fascination.




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the spanish version sounds

the spanish version sounds like a love song!  so romantic.  it's the language and the full moon causing the stir in many ways...  very nice Rebbecca!

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Rina, I like how

Rina, I like how you mention the Spanish version sounds like a love song. In a way, that's what the interaction felt like, so I like that you can pick that up and bring it to the surface. When I commune with the moon in the daytime, it's like a Spanish Fairy tale that makes me giddy! Thank you very much for reading and commenting!

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I listen you over the audio you have submitted. Amazing.


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Thank you, Jitu! Your words

Thank you, Jitu! Your words make me smile.