Nicanor Parra Poems
- The Last Toast Whether we like it or not, We have only three...
- The Trap During that time I kept out of circumstances that ...
- I Take Back Everything I’ve Sa... Before I go I’m supposed ...
- Warnings In case of fire Do not use elevators Use ...
- Young Poets Write as you will In whatever style you ...
- Chronos In Santiago, Chile The days are interminably ...
- Acacias Strolling many years ago Down a street taken over ...
Nicanor Parra Sandoval is a mathematician and poet born in San Fabián de Alico, Chile, who has been considered to be a popular poet in Chile with enormous influence and popularity in Latin America, and also considered one of the most important poets of the Spanish language literature. He describes himself as an "anti-poet," due to his distaste for standard poetic pomp and function—after recitations he would exclaim Me retracto de todo lo dicho, or, "I take back everything I said".
Parra comes from the artistically prolific Chilean Parra family of performers, musicians, artists, and writers. His sister, Violeta Parra, is possibly the most ... more »
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The Last Toast
Whether we like it or not,
We have only three choices:
Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
And not even three
Because as the philosopher says
Yesterday is yesterday
It belongs to us only in memory:
From the rose already plucked
No more petals can be drawn.
The cards to play
Are only two:
The present and the future.
And there aren't even two
Because it's a known fact
The present doesn't exist
Except as it edges past
And is consumed...,
In the end
We are only left with tomorrow.
I raise my glass
To the day that...