new year dreams

From Last Night While I Was Sleeping
Antonio Machado
Translated by Robert Bly

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt – marvelous error! –
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt – marvelous error! –
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures…

Happy New Year – and may we all cherish such dreams!

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