Treasure Island

Alfonsina Storni

(29 May 1892 – 25 October 1938 / Capriasca)

Little Little Man


Little little man, little little man,
set free your canary that wants to fly.
I am that canary, little little man,
leave me to fly.

I was in your cage, little little man,
little little man who gave me my cage.
I say "little little" because you don't understand me
Nor will you understand.

Nor do I understand you, but meanwhile,
open for me the cage from which I want to escape.
Little little man, I loved you half an hour,
Don't ask me again.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Cecilia Nicoletti (2/12/2007 7:38:00 AM)

    Alfonsina, one of the bigest of S.American poetry.Coragous suicidal woman.Dares frienship to damned Horacio Quiroga (uruguayan narrator) .This poem coul be her pressumible assumption of failed affective life.If she is describing one man is ok.If she is describing male condition around she is wise.
    Too hard for a big woman to take male miseries and distreatments.
    That could be a reason she preferes her dog for company.Not easy at all... (Report) Reply

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