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AR #52/53 Cover: Crave/Coven by Charles Badland
number 52/53

P O E T R Y
by Rafael Pérez Estrada

The Functions of Sleep IV

The beautiful lady came up suddenly, walking next to me at a hurried
pace. She was nervous and had suspicious eyes, as if she feared the
power of some malignant, murderous shadow. Suddenly, opening her
elegant astrakhan coat and her lacy beaded blouse, she told me, "Take it!
Take it!" She undid a strange zipper on her petaled breast. It was made
of rosaceous flesh and covered a tiny heart, which she shook out and
handed to me. "It's for you," she said. "That way if someone stabs me I
won't completely die, and in some small way I'll be yours."
The intense traffic, an insistent mass of individuals, suddenly separated
us, and since then I've walked around with this beautiful heart in
my pocket, and I don't know when or how I'll have to give it back.
-translated from the Spanish by Steven J. Stewart


Las Funciónes de Sueño IV

La bella señora surgió repentina, caminando junto a mí con paso
intranquilo. Había en sus ojos una mirada nerviosa y desconfiada, como
si temiera el poder de una sombra maligna y asesina. Inesperadamente,
abriendo su hermoso abrigo de astracán y su blusa de encajes y abalorios,
me dijo: Tome, tome!, y mientras descorría una extraña cremallera de
carne rosácea que en su pecho de pétalos ocultaba un corazón diminuto,
sacudiéndolo, me lo entregó: Es para usted-decía-, así, si me apuñalan,
no moriré del todo y de alguna manera seré suya.
Un tráfago húmedo, una masa apresurada de individuos nos separó
de un golpe, y desde entonces ando con un hermoso corazón ajeno en mi
bolsillo, que no sé ni cómo ni cuando habré de devolver.

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