Hope saysby Antonio Machado
English version by Ivan M. Granger
Original Language Spanish
Hope says: One day
you will see her, if you wait well.
She is only your bitterness.
Beat, my heart... Not all
has been swallowed by the earth.
This heartbreaking poem wrestles with that great empty space left by death. But these lines have a quiet courage as well. The tension between hope and despair seems equal and impossible to resolve, but his soul makes a stand and gives that final nudge in favor of hope and the world of the living.