Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Snowfall Is So Silent by Miguel de Unamuno

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Today our snow is melting.  I'll miss it, but it was fun while it lasted...
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The Snowfall Is So Silent
by Miguel de Unamuno                                
translated by Robert Bly                        
The snowfall is so silent,
so slow,
bit by bit, with delicacy
it settles down on the earth
and covers over the fields.
The silent snow comes down
white and weightless; 
snowfall makes no noise,
falls as forgetting falls, 
flake after flake.
It covers the fields gently
while frost attacks them
with its sudden flashes of white;
covers everything with its pure
and silent covering;
not one thing on the ground
anywhere escapes it.
And wherever it falls it stays,
content and gay,
for snow does not slip off 
as rain does,
but it stays and sinks in.
The flakes are skyflowers,
pale lilies from the clouds,
that wither on earth.
They come down blossoming
but then so quickly
they are gone;
they bloom only on the peak,
above the mountains,
and make the earth feel heavier
when they die inside.
Snow, delicate snow,
that falls with such lightness 
on the head,
on the feelings,
come and cover over the sadness
that lies always in my reason.



Kelly said...

Once upon a time I read Miguel de Unamuno in the original language. (one of the few names I remember from Spanish Lit classes) Alas, those days are long gone. I really enjoyed this (translated) poem. :)

Marion said...

Kelly, I had no idea you spoke/read Spanish! I've been perusing snow poems since our rare snowfalls and this one really spoke to my heart. You have great taste in poems. LOL! Glad you enjoyed it. xo