Amado Ruiz de Nervo

(1870-1919 / Mexico)

Si Tú Me Dices Ven (If You Tell Me To Come) - Poem by Amado Ruiz de Nervo

Si tú me dices ven, lo dejo todo…
No volveré siquiera la mirada
para mirar a la mujer amada…
Pero dímelo fuerte, de tal modo
que tu voz como toque de llamada,
vibre hasta el más íntimo recodo del ser,
levante el alma de su lodo
y hiera el corazón como una espada.
Si tú me dices ven, todo lo dejo…
Llegaré a tu santuario casi viejo,
y al fulgor de la luz crepuscular,
más he de compensarte mi retardo,
difundiéndome ¡Oh, Cristo! como un nardo
de perfume sutil, ante tu altar.

If You Tell Me To Come

If you tell me to come, I'll leave everything...
And not even look back at my beloved.
But say it brusquely, so that like reveille,
Your voice will pierce my soul's most intimate redoubt,
Raise it from the mud, and wound it like a sword.
If you tell me to come, I'll leave everything...
Arriving at your sanctuary, an old man,
I will compensate you for my lateness
By spreading my essence, Oh Christ! before your altar,
Like the soft perfume of the tube rose.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 2, 2010

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