Monday, April 26, 2010

Ave querida, amada peregrina

¿A dónde irá veloz y fatigada
la golondrina que de aquí se va?

Por si en el viento se hallará extraviada
buscando abrigo y no lo encontraré...

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Where are you going, swift and weary
swallow, why are you leaving here?

And what if you lose your way in
the wind, looking for a home you'll never find...

A snippet of a traditional Mexican song, "La golondrina" is often sung as a farewell at funerals for those who've died far from home. I was reminded of it this afternoon watching the swallows feed low over the lake in the rain.

*Lyrics from "La golondrina" by Narciso Serradel Sevilla. The translation to English is mine and is far from precise.



bunnygirl said...

I hadn't encountered this particular song/poem before. Thanks for sharing it and for the sweet bird pic.

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh, I just listened to a YouTube of Placido Domingo singing this lovely song. I'm going to download it to my iPod. I love it. Thank you for introducing it to me.