Testament

Claribel Alegría

BPR 44 | 2017

to my children

I leave you
a shaky
ladder
unfinished
with broken rungs
some rotten
and more than one
whole.
Repair it
raise it
climb it
climb it
until you reach
the light.

 

From Otherness (2011)
Translated by Maya Flakoll Gross

Reprinted with permission from Northwestern University Press
Salvador Peralta and Gregory Fraser