Two Poems with translations from the Asturian

by Xe M. Sánchez


Selo abondu.
Ye meyor nun naguar
por un res,
ye meyor nun caltener
un res na nuesa memoria,
ye meyor nun tener
patries au tornar,
pero entóncenes,
nun pescanciaríamos
poema dalu.
Selo abondu.
Toos bonos poemes (comu tú)
tienen un preciu,
tolos bonos poemes algámense
apoquinando’l peaxe
de la nuesa señaldá.


I know it well.
It is better
not to desire anything,
it is better not to preserve
anything in our memory,
it is better not to have
homelands where to came back,
but in that case,
we will not understand
any poem.
I know it well.
All the good poems (like you)
have a price,
all the good poems are achieved
by paying the toll
of our melancholy.


Aportó xineru.
Diz el calendariu
qu’entamó un nuevu añu.
Quiciabes seya
un home rebalbu,
un soldáu de la disidencia,
pero esti añu
entamaré l’añu
cuandu me pruya,
cuandu me pruya
entamar un nuevu poema.


January has arrived.
Calendar says
that a new year has started.
Maybe I am
a rebel man,
a soldier of the dissidence,
but this year
I will start the year
whenever I want,
whenever I want
to start a new poem.


Xe M. Sánchez was born in 1970 in Grau (Asturies, Spain). He received his Ph.D in History from the University of Oviedo in 2016, he is anthropologist, and he also studied Tourism and three masters. He has published in Asturian language Escorzobeyos (2002), Les fueyes tresmanaes d’Enol Xivares (2003), Toponimia de la parroquia de Sobrefoz. Ponga (2006), Llue, esi mundu paralelu (2007), Les Erbíes del Diañu (E-book: 2013, Paperback: 2015), Cróniques de la Gandaya (E-book, 2013), El Cuadernu Prietu (2015), and several publications in journals and reviews in Asturies, USA, Portugal, France, Sweden, Scotland, Australia, South Africa, India, Italy, England, Canada, Reunion Island, China and Belgium.

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