past tense

he was sweet
he was kind
he was charming
he was blind

he was tall
he was broad
he was perfect
he was flawed

he was smart
he was strong
he was carefree
he was wrong

he was done
he was through
he was gone
he was you

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Casida del adiós

"Goodbye is the hardest word" by Shawna Erback

Art: “Goodbye is the hardest word” by Shawna Erback

Casida del adiós

English translation follows.


He cerrado mis labios
porque no quiero decir adiós,
pero en las caras que me rodean
no veo más que adiós.

Las memorias al frente burbujean,
las amistades al pasado se mueven,
cien esquirlas de vidrio cubren la alfombra.

Así el adiós empaña las memorias,
el adiós termina las amistades,
el adiós crea las esquirlas de vidrio,
el crujido de la puerta es un aullido de tristeza,
y no quiero decir adiós.


I have sealed my lips
Because I do not want to say goodbye
But in the faces that encircle me
I see nothing but goodbye.

The memories shift into the foreground
The friendships fade into the past
A hundred shards of glass litter the rug.

And so the goodbye tarnishes the memories
The goodbye terminates the friendships
The goodbye creates the shards of glass
The creak of the door is a howl of sorrow
And I do not want to say goodbye.


Written in December 2013
Inspired by Frederico Garcia Lorca’s “Casida del llanto” and published here in honor of my last day interning in Barcelona