madrigal

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Madrigal
Nicolás Guillén
Your womb is smarter than your head,
and as smart as your bottom.

See
the fierce black grace
of your naked body.

You are the symbol of the forest,
with your red necklaces,
your bracelets of curving gold,
and the dark alligator
swimming in the Zambezi of your eyes.

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Madrigal
Tu vientre sabe más que tu cabeza
y tanto como tus muslos.
Esa
es la fuerte gracia negra
de tu cuerpo desnudo.

Signo de selva el tuyo,
con tus collares rojos,
tus brazaletes de oro curvo,
y ese caimán oscuro
nadando en el Zambeze de tus ojos.

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