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JOAN MARAGALL (1860 - 1911)


PATERNAL (Translation by Enric Bou)

Hate explodes throughout the earth with rage,
the broken-neck heads drip blood
and we must go to parties
bravely, as if to war.

At every mortal explosion - tre tremulous people turn their heads:
the cruelty which advances - the fear which retreats,
go along dividing the world between themselves ...
Looking at hi son at the breast, - the mother who sighs,
the father furrows his brow.

But the innocent infant,
who releases, satisfied, the emptied breast,
gazes upon him, - gazes upon her,
and laughs like a savage.