Antes del Amanecer | T.S. Eliot

Extraído de POEMS Written in Early Youth, by T. S. Eliot, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1969, p. 19 (original version in The Harvard Advocate, lxxxvi, 4, November 13 th, 1908. Signed: “T. S. E.”) | Traducción de Juan Arabia, Buenos Aires Poetry, 2020. 

Antes del Amanecer

Mientras todo el Este se tejía de rojo y gris,
las flores en la ventana se volvieron hacia el amanecer,
pétalo sobre pétalo, esperando el día,
flores frescas, flores marchitas, flores del amanecer.

Las flores de esta mañana y las flores de ayer
su fragancia fluye por la habitación al amanecer,
fragancia del brote y fragancia de la descomposición,
flores frescas, flores marchitas, flores del amanecer.

Before Morning

While all the East was weaving red with gray,
the flowers at the window turned toward dawn,
petal on petal, waiting for the day,
fresh flowers, withered flowers, flowers of dawn.

This morning’s flowers and flowers of yesterday
their fragrance drifts across the room at dawn,
fragrance of bloom and fragrance of decay,
fresh flowers, withered flowers, flowers of dawn.

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