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Words betray you at
the slightest movement of the lips,
better to keep them in one’s
heart and head,
though even there they can cook up
the most varied plots
a man could possibly concoct.
I know I should keep my mouth shut
so they won’t come out like daggers
wounding unto death the person that I love.
How to make order letter by letter so that from every
word the light penned in will blossom forth.
The Words by Edwin Madrid translated by Alexis Levitin and Fernando Iturburu