Friday, February 04, 2011

An excerpt from Ballad of the Little Square by Federico Garcia Lorca

Ballad of the Little Square - an excerpt

My husband Rickey found a poetry book today - The Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca at the Macy's used Book Sale at the L & N Depot in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

He called attention to part of his poem Ballad of the Little Square. I had never heard of this beautiful poem before.

Here is that excerpt:

"...The Children
Why do you go so far
from the little square?

I go in search of magicians
and of princesses!

The Children
Who showed you the path
of the poets?

The fountain and the stream
of the antique song.

The Children
Do you go far, very far
from the sea and the earth?

My heart of silk
is filled with lights,
with lost bells, with lilies and bees.
I will go very far,
farther than those hills,
father than the seas,
close to the stars,
to beg Christ the Lord
to give back the soul I had
of old, when I was a child,
ripened with legends,
with a feathered cap
and a wooden sword.


The whole poem is scarier than this. Here you can read it all:

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