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Poem for our time written by Sister Lucia of the Discalced Carmelites in Antequera

2020 Camino Guides

El Cascayal

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo May 2019
Invierno November 2019
Ingles April (2020) postponed
It truly is beautiful:
Aquí tenéis un precioso poema-oración de una de carmelita descalza de Antequera
Si sabrá la Primavera
que la estamos esperando...
Si se atreverá a cruzar
nuestros pueblos despoblados,
colgando en nuestros balcones
la magia de sus geranios.
Si dejará su sonrisa
esculpida en nuestros campos,
pintando nuestros jardines
de verde, de rojo y blanco.
Si sabrá la Primavera
que la estamos esperando...
Cuando llegue y no nos vea
ni en las calles ni en los barrios,
cuando no escuche en el parque
el paso de los ancianos,
o el bullicio siempre alegre
de los chiquillos jugando.
Si creerá que equivocó
la fecha del calendario,
la cita que desde siempre
la convoca el mes de Marzo.
Si sabrá la Primavera
que la estamos esperando...
Cuando estalle jubilosa
llenando de puntos blancos
los almendros, los ciruelos,
los jazmines, los naranjos,
y no vea que a la Virgen
la preparan para el Paso.
Que se ha guardado el incienso,
el trono, la cruz y el palio.
Y que Cristo, igual que todos,
está en su casa encerrado,
y no lo dejan salir
ni el Jueves ni el Viernes Santo...
¿Pensará la Primavera
que tal vez se ha equivocado?
¿Escuchará los lamentos
de quien se quedó en el paro,
de quien trabaja a deshoras
por ayudar a su hermano,
de aquél que expone su vida
en silencio y olvidado?
¿Escuchará cada noche
los vítores, los aplausos
que regalamos con gozo
al personal sanitario?
¿Pensará la Primavera
que tal vez se ha equivocado
y colgará sus colores
hasta la vuelta de un año?
Si sabrá la Primavera
que la estamos esperando...
Que se nos prohíbe el beso,
que está prohibido el abrazo;
el corazón, sangre y fuego,
el corazón desangrado.
Si sabrá la Primavera
que ya la estamos soñando...
Asomados al balcón
de la Esperanza, esperamos
como nunca, que ella vuelva
y nos regale el milagro
de ver florecer la vida
que hoy se nos va de las manos...
¡Bienvenida, Primavera!
Hueles a incienso y a ramos,
con tu traje de colores
y los cantos de tus pájaros.
Ven a pintar de azul-cielo
esta tierra que habitamos.
¿No sentís que en este mundo
algo nuevo está brotando?
Si será la Primavera
que está apresurando el paso.
Hna. Lucía
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Thank you. I sent it to a friend, to share with her father, a 91 year old Basque, who will love it.
 
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Rex

Pilgrim Trekker
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Santiago (2013)
Lisboa to Santiago (2018)
It truly is beautiful:
Aquí tenéis un precioso poema-oración de una de carmelita descalza de Antequera
Si sabrá la Primavera
que la estamos esperando...
Si se atreverá a cruzar
nuestros pueblos despoblados,
colgando en nuestros balcones
la magia de sus geranios.
Si dejará su sonrisa
esculpida en nuestros campos,
pintando nuestros jardines
de verde, de rojo y blanco.
Si sabrá la Primavera
que la estamos esperando...
Cuando llegue y no nos vea
ni en las calles ni en los barrios,
cuando no escuche en el parque
el paso de los ancianos,
o el bullicio siempre alegre
de los chiquillos jugando.
Si creerá que equivocó
la fecha del calendario,
la cita que desde siempre
la convoca el mes de Marzo.
Si sabrá la Primavera
que la estamos esperando...
Cuando estalle jubilosa
llenando de puntos blancos
los almendros, los ciruelos,
los jazmines, los naranjos,
y no vea que a la Virgen
la preparan para el Paso.
Que se ha guardado el incienso,
el trono, la cruz y el palio.
Y que Cristo, igual que todos,
está en su casa encerrado,
y no lo dejan salir
ni el Jueves ni el Viernes Santo...
¿Pensará la Primavera
que tal vez se ha equivocado?
¿Escuchará los lamentos
de quien se quedó en el paro,
de quien trabaja a deshoras
por ayudar a su hermano,
de aquél que expone su vida
en silencio y olvidado?
¿Escuchará cada noche
los vítores, los aplausos
que regalamos con gozo
al personal sanitario?
¿Pensará la Primavera
que tal vez se ha equivocado
y colgará sus colores
hasta la vuelta de un año?
Si sabrá la Primavera
que la estamos esperando...
Que se nos prohíbe el beso,
que está prohibido el abrazo;
el corazón, sangre y fuego,
el corazón desangrado.
Si sabrá la Primavera
que ya la estamos soñando...
Asomados al balcón
de la Esperanza, esperamos
como nunca, que ella vuelva
y nos regale el milagro
de ver florecer la vida
que hoy se nos va de las manos...
¡Bienvenida, Primavera!
Hueles a incienso y a ramos,
con tu traje de colores
y los cantos de tus pájaros.
Ven a pintar de azul-cielo
esta tierra que habitamos.
¿No sentís que en este mundo
algo nuevo está brotando?
Si será la Primavera
que está apresurando el paso.
Hna. Lucía
Muchas gracias, Sr. Lucia... Just what I needed on a gray Seattle day, locked away from the World, trekking only in my mind, the wonderful Camino routes. Spring is here, but I needed to go outside and look at it with fresh eyes. Buen camino.
 

Michael Gray

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino France (2015 and 2016)
Is there a kind soul out there in the forum who would translate this for us monoglot anglophones, please?
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
Is there a kind soul out there in the forum who would translate this for us monoglot anglophones, please?
You can go to Google Translate by clicking on this link. Then copy and paste the Spanish text from the post above, into the box. Select for translation into Spanish, and there it will be!
 

Michael Gray

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino France (2015 and 2016)
You can go to Google Translate by clicking on this link. Then copy and paste the Spanish text from the post above, into the box. Select for translation into Spanish, and there it will be!
Thank you. I had done that but I was hoping there might be a more idiomatic version out there, something more poetic than Google's effort. Perhaps it's too soon for someone with a feel for the poetry to produce a better version.
 

Pingüigrino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Aragones, Vasco del Interior, Baztanes. (Frances Winter, La Plata, Camino de Invierno, Mozarabe, Norte, Primitivo.)
Thank you. I had done that but I was hoping there might be a more idiomatic version out there, something more poetic than Google's effort. Perhaps it's too soon for someone with a feel for the poetry to produce a better version.
Will she the Spring knows

we all are waiting for her ...?

Will she dares to cross

our depopulated towns,

hanging on our balconies

The magic of its geraniums?

Will she leaves her smile

sculpted in our fields,

painting our gardens

green, red and white?

will she, the Springtime knows

that we are waiting for her ..?

When she arrives and we can´t see each other

nor in the streets nor in the squares,

when she can't listen in the park

the passage of the elders,

or the always happy bustle

that make the kids always playing…

Will she think she was wrong

the date of the calendar,

the appointment that always

is calling for her reaching March?

Will she, the Spring knows

that we are waiting for her ..?

When she burst out jubilant

filling with white dots

the almond trees , plums trees,

the orange trees, the jasmines

and she can´t see that the Virgin

is prepareted for the parade.

That the incense has been kept,

the throne, the cross and the canopy.

And that Christ, like everyone,

is locked inside his house,

and they don't let Him get out

neither on Thursday nor on Good Friday ...

Maybe will the Spring think

perhaps she was wrong?

Will she hear the wailing

of those who was unemployed,

of those who are working late

because they are helping their brothers?,

of the one who exposes his life

silently and for all forgotten?

Will she listen every night

the cheers, the applause

that we are giving with joy

to health care personnel?

Will the Spring think

maybe she was wrong?

Will she hangs her full colors

until the end of a year?

will she knows Spring

that we are waiting for her ...

That we are forbidden to kiss,

that hugging is prohibited;

the heart, blood and fire,

the bleeding heart.

Will she Springtime knows

that we are already dreaming her?

Leaning out on the balcony

Of the Virgin of Hope, we wait

like never before, that she comes back

and give us the miracle

to see life flourish

that today is getting out of our hands



Wellcome back Springtime!

You smell like incense and bouquets,

with your colorful suit

and the songs of your birds.

Come to paint of blue-sky

this land we inhabit.

Don't we feel that in this world

something new is sprouting?

Will it be she, the Spring

who is speeding her pace?



Sister. Lucia



I did the best I could. My English level is basic, and never supose to be a poet.

Please note that in Spanish Spring, springtime are female and usually need the article "la" (the) before.
The word "si" in Spanish mean yes or if. In this poem the use of "Si" at the begining of some lines means "If" and is used like a form of interrogation.

I apologise Sister Lucia and you for the crime I have committed daring to traslate the sense, the beauty and the music of this poem.
 

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