POETRY: The Anger That Breaks The Man Into Children, by César Vallejo

anger

(Translated from Spanish by Clayton Eshleman and José Rubia Barcia)

The anger that breaks the man into children,
that breaks the child into equal birds,
and the bird, afterward, into little eggs;
the anger of the poor
has one oil against two vinegars.

The anger that breaks the tree into leaves,
the leaf into unequal buds
and the bud, into telescopic grooves;
the anger of the poor
has two rivers against many seas.

The anger that breaks the good into doubts,
the doubt, into three similar arcs
and the arc, later on, into unforeseeable tombs;
the anger of the poor
has one steel against two daggers.

The anger that breaks the soul into bodies;
the body into dissimilar organs
and the organ, into octave thoughts;
the anger of the poor
has one central fire against two craters.

1 Comment on POETRY: The Anger That Breaks The Man Into Children, by César Vallejo

  1. Dear sister Julia,

    Thank you!!! I have been following your blog for a little over a month now and I often times think that you are posting exactly for me. (And that the Spirit is of course involved in inspiring and working.) Thank you for being a vessel of such grace! The first post I read of yours was one on Evagrius (one of my favorites) and I thought, this lady is on my wavelength!

    Anyways, anger- I really appreciate all your recent posts on anger. When you didn’t post anything new over the weekend, I went back and exhausted all your older posts on anger and then this week, you’ve been speaking directly to that!

    Well, I’ve been trying to “let God have it”! Both in the gentle handing over but mostly in the ‘here’s a piece of my mind! You made it, you can take it!’:) It’s a lot better I suppose than taking it out on His other poor creatures. I’ve been meditating on Jacob wrestling with the God.

    Anyways, thank you for sharing your gifts!
    Blessings in Christ,
    Regan

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