APRIL SPRING POEMS FROM SPAIN: “Yellow Spring” (Primavera amarilla) by Juan Ramón Jiménez



Yellow Spring

April came, all

filled with yellow flowers.

Yellow the stream,

yellow the fence, the hill,

the children’s cemetary

the orchard where once love bloomed.

The sun anointed the world yellow

in its fallen light;

Oh! for the haloed irises,

the gold-lit water, warm;

the yellow butterflies

over the yellow roses!

Yellow garlands scale

the trees; the day

is a grace perfumed with gold,

in a golden awakening of life.

Between the bones of the dead,

God opens his hands of yellow.

Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881–1958)


A prolific Spanish poet, editor, and critic, Juan Ramón Jiménez won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1956. He was born in Moguer i Andalusia, an area that he depicted in Platero y Yo (Platero and I, 1914) a collection of prose poems about a man and his donkey. Jiménez’s other books of poetry include Elejías puras (Pure Elegies, 1908), La soledad sonora (Sonorous Solitude, 1911), Poesía (Poetry, 1923), and Belleza (Beauty, 1923). In English translation, his works are collected in Lorca & Jimenez: Selected Poems (1997), translated by Robert Bly, and Selected Writings of Juan Ramón Jiménez (1999), translated by H.R. Hays.


Primavera Amarilla

Abril venia, lleno

todo de flores amarillas

amarillo el arroyo

amarillo el vallado, la colina,

el sementario de los ninos

el huerto aquel donde el amor vivia.

El sol unjia de amarillo el mundo,

con sus luces caidas;

!ay, por los lirios aureos, el agua de oro, tibia;

las amarillas mariposa

sobre las rosas amarillas!

Guirnaldas amarillas escalaban

los arboles; el dia

era una gracia perfumada de oro

en un dorado despertar de vida.

Entre los huesos de los muertos,

abria Dios sus manos amarillas.

Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881–1958)


Reference: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/juan-ramon-jimaenez


One Comment Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    Beautifully put!


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