My Beautiful Friend

I would like to be a nest if you were a little bird
I would like to be a scarf if you were a neck and you were cold
if you were music I would be an ear
if you were water I would be a glass
if you were light I would be an eye
if you were a foot I would be a sock
if you were the sea I would be a beach
and if you were still the sea I would be a fish and swim in you
and if you were the sea I would be salt
and if I were salt you would be lettuce
or avocado or at least a fried egg
and if you were a fried egg I would be a piece of bread
and if I were a piece of bread you would be butter or marmalade
and if you were jam I would be the peach in the jam
and if I were a peach you would be a tree
and if you were a tree I would be your sap
and course through your limbs like blood
and if I were blood I would live in your heart.

“Para Una Joven Amiga Que Intentó Quitarse La Vida” by the Chilean poet, Claudio Bertoni (From the Spanish) – featured in the magnificent original film Gloria, and also its remake, the lesser, Gloria Bell. Illustration: The Dream, by Henri Rousseau

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