…I wonder what has become of her skirt with lace… of her scent of spring sugar cane from that place

Cesar Vallejo

I wonder what she is doing at this hour
my Andean and sweet Rita
of reeds and wild cherry trees.
Now that this weariness chokes me, and blood dozes off,
like lazy brandy inside me.


I wonder what she is doing with those hands
that in attitude of penitence
used to iron starchy whiteness,
in the afternoons.
Now that this rain is taking away my desire to go on.


I wonder what has become of her skirt with lace;
of her toils; of her walk;
of her scent of spring sugar cane from that place.


She must be at the door,
gazing at a fast moving cloud.
A wild bird on the tile roof will let out a call;
and shivering she will say at last, “Jesus, it’s cold!”