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Joseba Sarrionandia, from Six Basque Poets

Etxera Itzuli

altxorren mapak besapean
etxea utzi eta ondinen
abestien xerka abiatu ninduzun
izuen gordelekuetan barrena

sukarri urdinarre tipiak
eta oihan beltzetako xokotan
usteltzen diren xoxo habiak soilik
nizkizun bidaian eriden

denborak bidea ahorturik
etxera itzuli ninduzunean
berria zizun ateko zura
eta sarraila ere

Return Home

laden with treasure maps
you sent me from home
into the recesses of fear
in search of the nymphs' song

all I got for you on my journey
were small grey flint stones
and the rotting nests of blackbirds
that inhabit the belly of dark jungles

time ate up the road
and I returned home to you
and your wooden door was new
and so was your lock