- Inside Me
Inside meLike this, close to meIn the warmthOf lifeI have youInside myHeartAmong the most mischievous of arteriesI place youI hold you so that the dreamOf death may also be sweet.
Finally I found you a placeNot in the barren wilderness of memoryOr in a tear.I have set you next to my heartYou listen while you restWhen I bother you with a simpleTale [End Page 79]
Así es la vida, te digo, pequeñeces, urdimbresFiccionesY siento que te acomodas dentro de míDonde no tienes fríoDonde el fuego que enciendo te llegaDentro de míEn la casa del corazónEn la casa de la memoriaTe has quedado.
Tibio, travieso, al borde del sueñoQue es siempre otro despertarPor fin te acomodo dentro de mí. [End Page 80]
Such is life, I tell you, small things, textures,StoriesAnd I feel that you find your place inside meWhere you are not coldWhere the fire that I light reaches youInside meIn the house of the heartIn the house of memoryYou have remained
Warm, mischievous, almost asleepThat is always another awakeningFinally you have found your place inside me. [End Page 81]
Marjorie Agosín grew up in Santiago Chile hearing the stories of her family who escaped the Holocaust as well as the pogroms. Agosín has documented her family's lives in two memoirs A Cross and a Star and Always from Somewhere Else. She is the author of Among the Angels of Memory, a collection of poetry dedicated to her great grandmother. The author of nearly twenty books as well as the recipient of important literary and Human Rights awards, Agosín is a professor of Spanish at Wellelsey College where she teaches courses on the literature of Latin American Jewish women and on human rights.