from *Trilce* by Cesar Vallejo
translated by David Smith
"I have faith in being strong.
Let me, crippled air, let me go
lacing myself with zeroes to the left.
And you, dream, give me your implacable diamond,
your timeless time.
I have faith in being strong.
Concave woman goes by over there,
a colorless quantity whose
grace closes where I open.
Praise the air, friar past! Thieves, idiots!
Glimpse the green presidential banner,
striking the six other flags
and everything that's hanging in back.
I have faith that I am,
and that I've been less.
Hey, big man!"