PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN
Paint a young man, with loyal and pure
words, with words of reveries and emotion;
and give to the strophe the rhythm of a cordial tone,
to the rhyme, the variable charm of illusion.
Outline his figure out against the blue
of the sky, in the flowery, smiling prime:
let the sun bathe it leaving it burnished
and his eyes sparkling with a burning flame.
Let a restrained yearning make his flesh tremble,
and the torso, the brow, the sinewy arms,
and the candid look and the blind hope,
compound the splendorous mystery of life!
Porfirio Barba Jacob
Translator: Nicolás Suescún © 2006