Machado Last night I had a dream / has my heart gone to sleep?

 

15 Last Night I Had a Dream Antonio Machado Last night I had a dream-- a blessed illusion it was-- I dreamt of a fountain flowing deep down in my heart. Water, by what hidden channels have you come, tell me, to me, welling up with new life I never tasted before? Last night I had a dream-- a blessed illusion it was-- I dreamt of a hive at work deep down in my heart. Within were the golden bees straining out the bitter past to make sweet-tasting honey, and white honeycomb. Last night I had a dream-- a blessed illusion it was-- I dreamt of a hot sun shining deep down in my heart. The heat was in the scorching as from a fiery hearth; the sun in the light it shed and the tears it brought to the eyes. Last night I had a dream-- a blessed illusion it was-- I dreamed it was God I’d found deep down in my heart. 16 Has my heart gone to sleep? Has my heart gone to sleep? Have the beehives of my dreams stopped working, the waterwheel of the mind run dry, scoops turning empty, only shadow inside? No, my heart is not asleep. It is awake, wide awake. Not asleep, not dreaming-- its eyes are opened wide watching distant signals, listening on the rim of the vast silence.

both from Selected Poems translated by Alan Trueblood

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