A Poem For Sunday


"Hope says" by Antonio Machado:

Hope says: One day
you will see her, if you really wait.
Despair says:
She is only your bitterness.
Beat, heart. Not everything
Is swallowed by the earth.

(Translated by Willis Barnstone. From Border of a Dream: Selected Poems © 2004 by the heirs of Antonio Machado. Reprinted by kind permission of Copper Canyon Press. Photo by Flickr user brenmna)