Federico García Lorca: “Ditty of First Desire”

Ditty of First Desire

In the green morning
I wanted to be a heart.
Heart.

And in the ripening evening
I wanted to be a nightingale.
Nightingale.

Soul,
turn the color of oranges.
Soul,
turn the color of love.

In the living morning
I wanted to be myself.
Heart.

And at the fall of evening
I wanted to be my voice.
Nightingale.

Soul,
turn the color of oranges!
Soul,
turn the color of love!

Federico García Lorca

Translated from Spanish by Paul Weinfield, © 2016
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