Mario Benedetti
 
     -translated by Carlos Reyes
12 Haiku
 

I would like
for the year to begin
every Saturday
 
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there is no joy
more joyful than the prologue
to joy
 
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how they would laugh
the four cardinal points
if they were five
 
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when we're not around
the humor of doubt
will be lost
 
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one doesn't play
with the truth -- one plays
with the lie
 
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in reason
the only doubts that enter
are those with keys
 
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the prisoner dreams
something that always has
the form of a key
 
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words that burn
words that burn out
words and nothing more
 
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I feel old
but the thrush is young
and provokes me
 
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the girlfriend thinks
of silk sheets
and of another curtain rising
 
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dedicatory: to her
with discounts
for her nakedness
 
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at the airport
I bought a tango
in the shop of good-byes