Note: I can’t seem to format the poem as it should appear, as it is displayed at this site. Does anyone out there know the proper code for getting those indentations in poem stanzas?)

Lucía Estrada
translated by Nicolás Suescún

The mask of bone
refuses to reveal

if the features it hides
are those of a god

or of a beast

or of both, which, after death,
continue fighting
for the same crown

Found originally at my much-loved and frequently visited website, thewood s lot portal, but originally “anthologized” at Poetry International Web under Colombian Poetry.

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