Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"For a Menu" by Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera (English Translation)

"For a Menu"

"The past sweethearts are empty cups;
in them we put in a little love;
We take the nectar ....the days fly by...
Bring in other cups with new liquor!

"Champagne is the ruby of skinned azaleas;
Burgundy, the lips of red, red wine;
Dark eyes are the wines from Italy,
The green and white ones are the wines from
the Rhine!

"The mouths of scarlet color are moist strawberries,
The black pupils serves as coffee,
Blue eyes appear as railroad tie flames.
What tremblings run as souls from tea!

"The cup males haste, the joy drowns,
from a gulp or sip, we drink women and liquor...
We leave the cups...If one drop remains,
Let the lackey or servile person drink the riffraff of love!

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