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Federico García Lorca

I wanted to be myself.
A heart.

And at the evening’s end
I wanted to be my voice.
A nightingale.

Soul,
turn orange-colored.
Soul,
turn the color of love.

— Federico García Lorca, from “A Ditty of First Desire,” Selected Verse, Songs, 1921-1924. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition January 31, 1996)

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