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      WORDS FOR JULIA

You cannot turn back
because life's pushing you
like a never-ending howl.

My daughter, it's better to live
with the happiness of mankind,
than to cry before the blind wall.

You will feel cornered,
you will feel lost or lonely,
maybe you'll wish you hadn't been born.

I know very well they will tell you
that there is no object to life,
that it is an unfortunate affair.

Then always remember
what I wrote one day
thinking of you as I am now thinking.

A man alone, a woman,
taken like that, one by one,
are like dust, are nothing.

But when I talk to you,
when I write these words for you,
I also think of other people.

Your destiny is in others,
your future is your own life,
your dignity is that of everybody.

Others expect you to resist,
your happiness to help them,
your song among their songs.

Then always remember
what I wrote one day
thinking of you as I am now thinking.

Never give up or halt
by the road, never say
I can't take it any more and here I stop.

Life is beautiful, you will see
how in spite of the sorrows
you'll have love, you'll have friends.

For the rest there is no choice
and this world as it is
will be all your patrimony.

Forgive me, I do not know
what more to say, but you understand
that I am still on my way.

And always, always, remember
what I wrote one day
thinking of you like I am now thinking.

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José Agustín Goytisolo
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