Poetry in Motion


Variations / Variación

Federico García Lorca
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El remanso de aire
bajo la rama del eco.

El remanso del agua
bajo fronda de luceros.

El remanso de tu boca
bajo espesura de besos.


The still waters of the air
under the bough of the echo.

The still waters of the water
under a frond of stars.

The still waters of your mouth
under a thicket of kisses.

Translated from the Spanish by Lysander Kemp

"Variations" ("Variación"), translated by Lysander Kemp, from Selected Poems by Federico García Lorca. Copyright © 1955 by New Directions Publishing Corporation. Reprinted with the permission of the publishers.