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Ana Maria Oviedo Palomares, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Ana Maria Oviedo Palomares, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The Poems

TINDUF ROSES

We are the root that resists
below the sand,
tangled in phosphate,
impossible to tear from the ground, even if they take everything.

We are keeping multiplying everywhere

I say here we bloom
and an invisible thread, like steel,
unites us.

We sing the same secret song
in hassania

We march
innocent, wise and strong
towards the light.

I say I am, I was, and I will be
(and a rose is a rose
no matter how small it is
even if they seem to have thorns left over
and they would find it floating,
weightless
in the water of a river of gold)

*

ROSAS DE TINDUF

Somos la raíz que resiste
debajo de la arena,
enredada en el fosfato,
imposible de arrancar, aún si se lo llevan todo.

Hemos seguido multiplicándonos
dondequiera.
Digo que aquí florecemos
y un hilo invisible, como de acero,
nos une.

Cantamos la misma canción secreta
en hassanía
marchamos
inocentes y sabias y fuertes
hacia la luz.

Digo que soy, que fui, y que seré
( y una rosa es una rosa
por menuda que sea
así parezcan sobrarle espinas
y la encuentren flotando, leve,
en el agua de un río de oro)

* * *

A doll that floats alone in the sea

A doll that floats alone in the sea
is an easy metaphor of death

Bones falling down again and again
to the bottom.

Girls’ heavy bones
Girls who couldn’t hold the doll anymore

*

Una muñeca que flota sola en el mar

Una muñeca que flota sola en el mar
es una fácil metáfora de la muerte.

Los huesos caen y caen
hasta el fondo.

Los huesos pesados de las niñas que
no pudieron sostener más
a la
muñeca.

The Poet

Ana Maria Oviedo Palomares: Born 1964 in Trujillo, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. A relevant aspect of my work has been facilitating reading and creative writing workshops for young people. I have represented my country in different national and international events, such as the Havana Book Fair (2006 and 2012), the International Meeting of Women Writers Caracas 2020 and the International Poetry Festival of Medellin (2021). I have published the books “De fuego o de ceniza” and “Dominio oscuro” (both 1997);” Flor de sal” (2003); “Ruegos” (2004); “Crueles, treinta y siete canciones y un poema de amor” (2007) and the anthologies “Dominio Oscuro” (2007) & ” De fuego o de ceniza” (2019). Other My books “Flor de Sal” and “Crueles” are also published in digital format by the magazine “Tinta China”, Seville. Texts of mine also appeared in several anthologies and have been translated into Arabic, Italian and Portuguese.