Vision from the Blue Plane-Window
by Ernesto Cardenal
[translated by Jonathan Cohen]
In the round little window, everything is blue,
land bluish, blue-green, blue
everything is blue
blue lakes and lagoons
while farther off the land looks bluer
blue islands in a blue lake.
This is the face of the land liberated.
And where all the people fought, I think:
To live without the hatred
To love one another in a beautiful land
so beautiful, not only in itself
but because of the people in it,
above all because of the people in it.
That's why God gave us this beautiful land
for the society in it.
And in all those blue places they fought, suffered
for a society of love
here in this land.
One patch of blue looks more intense...
And I thought I was seeing the sites of all the battles there,
and of all the deaths,
behind that small, round windowpane
all the shades of blue.