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Capitulation  (1918) 
by César Vallejo, translated from Spanish by Wikisource
From the collection The Black Heralds (Los heraldos negros)

Last night, some deep red Aprils capitulated
before my disarmed Mays of youth,
the hysterical ivories of her kiss found me
dead; and in a sigh of love I locked them up.

Strange, docile corn-ear. Her eyes besieged me
one amaranthe evening on which I recited a song to her
songs; and last night, in the middle of the celebration, the two languages
of her thirst-scorched breasts spoke to me.

That poor half-breed; poor are her weapons; poor are
her cream-colored sails that go to the limits of the salty
mists of a deadsea. Victorious and vanquished,

she remained pensive and baggy-eyed and claret.
I left at dawn. And since that battle,
at night two slave serpents entered my life.

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