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I Give You My Heart / Os Doy Mi Corazón

I find myself on my feet with fifteen leaves.

Everything carries its own light on the walls.

I woke up to slaughter, my heart opening

to cemeteries of moon—

the parasites, the drizzle. The mud crowning

the undergrowth with immense sadness.

I knew death when I dressed

in my uniform.

I found the index of solitude: my country

in its legal jargon, its piety, its fiction—

Yes. It loves me, really.

I give my blood as the blood of all fish.

Me encuentro de pie con quince hojas.

Brilla todo en los muros.

Desperté en su sacrificio: mi corazón se abría

entre cementerios de luna—

los parásitos, la llovizna. El lodo coronando

la maleza con mustios grandes.

Supe de mi muerte al vestir

de uniforme.

Encontré el índice de soledad: mi país

en su jerga legal, su piedad, su ficción—

Sí. Me quiere, de verdad.

Doy mi sangre como la sangre de todos los peces.

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