Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Words for Julia by José Agustín Goytisolo


To my Julia - Julia Quintana. I love you, Juli!
And I'm grateful for the chance to meet you
and to make you part of my life!



You can’t go back
because life is pushing you ahead
like an unending howl.

You’ll feel caged,
you’ll feel lost and alone,
perhaps wishing you’d never been born.

But always remember
what I wrote one day
thinking of you as I’m thinking of you now.

Life is beautiful, you’ll see,
despite its sorrow,
you will have love, you will have friends.

A man, a woman alone,
one without the other,
are dust, are nothing.

Therefore you should always remember
what I wrote one day
thinking of you as I’m thinking of you now.

Never give in, never stray,
never say by the side of the road
I can’t go on, I’ll stay.

Life is beautiful, you’ll see,
despite its sorrow,
you will have love, you will have friends.

And always, always remember
what I wrote one day
thinking of you as I’m thinking of you now.


Translated by Johannes Beilharz

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