The Story of My Death
By Leopoldo Lugones
(trans Ilan Stavans)
I dreamed of death and it was quite simple:
A silk thread enwrapped me,
And each kiss of yours
With a turn unraveled me.
And each of your kisses
Was a day;
And the time between two kisses,
A night. Death is quite simple.
And little by little the fatal thread
Unwrapped itself. I no longer controlled it
But for a single bit between my fingers...
Then, suddenly, you became cold,
And no longer kissed me...
I let the thread go, and my life vanished.