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Antonio Machado

Will the spellbound world die with you
where memory hangs on
to clean breaths in life,
the white shadow of a first love,

a voice that struck your heart, the hand
you wanted to grab in dreams,
and every love
that fell in the soul down to the bottom sky?

Will your world die with you,
the old life you remade in your way?
Have the anvils and crucibles of your soul
been working for dust and wind?

— Antonio Machado, “Will the spellbound world die with you,” Border of a Dream: Selected Poems, transl. by Willis Barnstone (Copper Canyon Press, 2003

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