¿Quién sabe la distancia
entre el cielo tan rojo del amanecer
y la sombra verde de despedirse?

Hay señales en el deslumbro amarillo
de la alquimia peculiar de semáforos.


The above poem is for a 140-character challenge at d’Verse Poets Pub. The Google translator makes a mess of it. So here’s a better translation:

Who knows the distance
between the dawn sky so red
and the dark green shadow of leaving?

There are signs in the yellow dazzle
of the strange alchemy of traffic lights.

About Ray Sharp

Poet, endurance athlete, retired public health planner
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18 Responses to Semáforos

  1. ha, nice…like how you use the colors and build to that traffic light…green shadow of leaving is a pretty cool line along with the strange alchemy, as well…

  2. Oloriel says:

    Amazing! I loved both language versions.

  3. claudia says:

    the strange alchemy of traffic lights….very cool… would love to be able to read the original..

  4. Laurie Kolp says:

    Beautifully colorful and symbolic! I especially like the dark green shadow of leaving.

  5. Ruth says:

    beautiful in both versions, & there’s something absolutely haunting in “dark green shadow of leaving”

  6. Maggie Grace says:

    Wow to both. I saw a double meaning in the green of leaving which was awesome to me. Great tweet writing!

  7. Rich and layered. I really love this.

  8. aprille says:

    Want to hear the Spanish read 🙂
    Nice tribute to the prompt setter too.
    Love the yellow dazzle, and the deslumbro amarillo sounds just s good..

  9. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    I love the dark green shadow of leaving!

  10. I’m really happy to see a Spanish language offering to the challenge… and in English or Spanish, it’s a wonderfully-wrought poem, with its signal-light metaphors of colour as the daylight moves through noon and into twilight. Brilliant!

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