Crisálidas (or Chrysalis)

José Asunción Silva
translated by Zach Powell

Cuando enferma la niña todavía
(When the girl was still sick)
salió cierta mañana
(She went out one day)
y recorrió, con inseguro paso
(And went across, with unsure sleep)
la vecina montaña,
(The neighboring mountain.)
trajo, entre un ramo de silvestres flores
(She found, on a branch of wildflowers)
oculta una crisálida,
(a hidden chrysalis)
que en su aposento colocó, muy cerca
(That she hung in her room, very close)
de la camita blanca…
(To her white bed)

Unos días después, en el momento
(Some days later, in the moment)
en que ella expiraba,
(in which she passed away)
y todos la veían, con los ojos
(And everyone saw her with their eyes)
nublados por las lágrimas,
(Clouded with tears,)
en el instante en que murió, sentimos
(In the instant in which she died, we felt)
leve rumor de alas
The light sound of wings)
y vimos escapar, tender al vuelo
(And we saw escape, taking flight)
por la antigua ventana
(Through the old window)
que da sobre el jardín, una pequeña
(That looked out over the garden, a small)
mariposa dorada…
(Golden butterfly…)

La prisión, ya vacía, del insecto
(The prison, now empty of the insect)
busqué con vista rápida;
(I sought with rapid gaze;)
al verla vi de la difunta niña
(On seeing it I saw the dead girl)
la frente mustia y pálida,
(Her forehead withered and pale)
y pensé ¿si al dejar su cárcel triste
(And I thought, “If when it leaves its sad jail,)
la mariposa alada,
(The winged butterfly,)
la luz encuentra y el espacio inmenso,
(The light it finds and immense space)
y las campestres auras,
(And the country winds,)
al dejar la prisión que las encierra
(On leaving the prison that encloses them,)
qué encontrarán las almas?
(What will our souls find?)

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