Imago lacus

The picture above was taken by a dear friend, the American poet Debra Kang Dean (please do not use it without permission). I met Debra three years before, when I went to Walden to work with his late husband Brad, a great Thoreau scholar. Once we spent hours tracking this quotation: "Some men go fishing all their lives without ever realizing it's not fish they are after." We concluded that Thoreau never wrote it, but si non è vero...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cariño, mi sistema operativo...


Maitea, nire sistema eragile
bakarra zeu zara. Windows XP,
Linux edo Mac OS bezalaxe.
Nire Dokumentuak non dauden
dakizulako, Nire Irudiak.
Esaten didatenez, maitea,
sistema eragile berri-berriak
eskuragai daude merkatuan.
Ez ditut nahi, musu-truk balira ere.
Betiko teknologiak, onenak.


You, my love, are my only
operating system. Windows XP,
Linux, or Mac OS—just like any of them.
Because you know where
My Documents are, My Pictures.
From what they tell me, love, brand-new
operating systems have come
on the market.
I don’t want them, even if for a song.
The old-time technologies, they are the best.

Translated by Elizabeth Macklin
Antonio Casado da Rocha: Esku ezkerraz (Utriusque Vasconiae, 2011)