by Maria Grever (1885 - 1951)
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

¿Por qué?
Language: Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG
¿Por qué en aquella noche triste y serena
En que nos encontramos por un camino?
¿Por qué los dos, sin darnos cuenta,
Nos detuvimos? 
¿Por qué?

¿Por qué sin decir nada nos acercamos
Y del amor el fuego, los dos sentimos
Y envueltos, en su ardiente llama
Nos consumimos? 
¿Por qué?

¿Di si es que fuimos en juguete del cruel destino?
¿Por qué?


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  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "Why?", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: English  after the Spanish (Español) 
Why on that night, sad and serene,
[When] we met each other on a path?
Why did we both, without realizing it,

Why did we approach each other without saying anything 
And both feel the fire of love,
And wrapped in its ardent flame
Were we consumed?

Say if we were [only] a puppet of cruel destiny?


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This text was added to the website: 2020-01-10
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Word count: 61