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Your hands are my caress
my daily reminders
I love you because your hands
work for justice

if I love you it’s because you are
my love my accomplice and my everything
and in the street arm in arm
we are many more than two

your eyes are my spell
against a cursed day
I love you for your gaze
that looks and plants the future

your mouth that is yours and mine
your mouth doesn’t lie
I love you because your mouth
knows how to shout rebellion

and for your open face
and your wanderer’s footstep
and your weeping for the world
because you are of the people I love you.

and because love is not a halo
nor morality tale
and because we are a couple
that knows it is not alone

I love you in my paradise
which is to say that in my ideal country
people live happily
without even having permission

if I love you it’s because you are
my love my accomplice and my everything
and in the street arm in arm
we are many more than two

Mario Benedetti
translation: Nina Serrano

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My adorable and beloved Frances,

Seven miles is not very far ordinarily, nor seven hours very long, but when they lie between us they seem multipled by infinity.

My heart is swollen with longing for you, and my mind is filled with your fragile and iridescent image.  There is a silver echo of your voice in my ears, and my body tingles at the remembered flame of yours.

For some reason, God has seen fit to grant me the woman of all women; the always and hitherto intagible, unattainable idea of every poet’s dream and every man’s desire.  You are eternal youth and truth, tenderness and passion and bright beauty that at once pierces and eases the heart.

You are the vision that for a million years has drawn man up from the beast, and suddenly the vision is incarnate, and in my arms.

You are my light and air, my food and drink, my very inmost life.  I worship and adore you through all the eternities.

– Ogden

(Ogden Nash, 1902-1971).  To Frances Lonard, July 29, 1931.

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