We live in secret cities And we travel unmapped roads. We speak words between us that we recognize But which cannot be looked up. They are our words. They come from very far inside our mouths. You and I, we are the secret citizens of the city Inside us, and inside us There go all the cars we have driven And seen, there are all the people We know and have known, there Are all the places that are But which used to be as well. This is where They went. They did not disappear. We each take a piece Through the eye and through the ear. It's loud inside us, in there, and when we speak In the outside world We have to hope that some of that sound Does not come out, that an arm Not reach out In place of the tongue.
Alberto Ríos - 1952-
We Dogs of a Thursday Off
The wine of uncharted days, Their unsteady stance against the working world, The intense intoxication of nothing to be done, A day off, The dance of the big-hearted dog In us, freed into a sudden green, an immense field: Off we go, more run than care, more dance— If a polka could be done not in a room but straight Ahead, into the beautiful distance, the booming Sound of the phonograph weakening, but our legs Getting stronger with their bounding practice: This day, that feeling, drunkenness Born of indecision, lack of focus, but everything Forgiven: Today is a day exposed for what it is, A workday suddenly turned over on its back, Hoping to be rubbed.