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Issue #1596      June 5, 2013


The Great Stone Table

We arrive at the great stone table
the children of Lota, Quepe,
Quitratue and Metrenco,
Yumbel, Yungay and Osorno.

We sit by the table,
the cold table of the world
and no one has brought us anything.
Everything was consumed,
they had eaten all of it.

One plate alone remains, waiting
on the immense hard table
of the world and the void.
Still a child waits
who is the truth of every dream,
who is the hope of our earth.

Translated by Dennis Maloney
From Windows that Open Inward, Images of Chile
Poems by Pablo Neruda

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