Da bienes Fortuna / Fortune presents gifts

Photo by Rick Stachura. July 2, 2020.

 

 

Da bienes Fortuna

que no están escritos.

Da bienes Fortuna

que no están escritos —

 

Cuando pitos, 

flautas.

Cuando flautas, 

pitos.

 

Photo by Rick Stachura. July 2, 2020.

 

 

Fortune presents gifts

not according to the book.

Fortune presents gifts 

not according to the book —

 

When you expect whistles,

it’s flutes.

When you expect flutes,

it’s whistles. 

 

 


Lines from “Da bienes Fortuna,” a letrilla by Luis de Góngora (1561-1627), 1581.

Photos by Rick Stachura. Hell Gate waters on the East River. July 2, 2020.


 

 

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