I shall die in Paris, in a rainstorm,
On a day I already remember.
I shall die in Parisit does not bother me
Doubtless on a Thursday, like today, in autumn.
It shall be a Thursday, because today, Thursday
As I put down these lines, I have set my shoulders
To the evil. Never like today have I turned,
And headed my whole journey to the ways where I am alone.
Cesar Vallejo is dead. They struck him,
All of them, though he did nothing to them.
They hit him hard with a stick and hard also
With the end of a rope. Witnesses are: the Thursdays,
The shoulder bones, the loneliness, the rain and the roads . . . .
Spanish; trans. Thomas Merton
Cesar Vallejo, Spanish, trans. Thomas Merton.