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 is a heartbreaking poem, one that 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.