the last remembrance day song for 2007: canto libre by victor jara

yesterday i promised you a translation of victor jara’s canto libre. here it is (and here is the MP3 version).

dove of peace

my verse is a dove
looking for a place to nest.
and with a roar it opens its wings
to fly, to fly.

 

my song is free
and wants to give itself
to whoever opens his hand
yearning to set the world free.

 

my song is a chain
without beginning, without an end,
and every link contains
the song of everyone else.

 

let’s never stop singing together
to all humanity.

 

a song is a dove
who flies so that it may discover.
with a thunder it opens its wings
to fly, to fly.

 

my song is a free song.

(image by mafleen)

4 thoughts on “the last remembrance day song for 2007: canto libre by victor jara

  1. isabella mori

    thanks ivor!

    you’re right about the dove as a metaphor. it’s interesting to observe that “cheexy” in one culture may be bang on in another. i have translated quite a few poems that were written by latin american writers or poets and thought, oh no, this sounds so kitschy in english!

    i’m glad you feel that it just avoids the cheeziness.

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