Старият конквистадор

Старый конквистадор

В краища неведоми попадна
старият конквистадор, където
плуваха кондори и грамадни
планини стърчаха до небето.

Без троха скита се осем дена,
но когато конят не изтрая,
канара намери извисена
и остана там с трупа до края

под една смоковница в покой. И
пееше за старата Севиля.
Виждаше любовниците свои,
виждаше се с шапка и с мантиля…

Нито злост, ни ужас, ни отвъдна
участ го гнетяха. Най-накрая,
стиснал зар, съзря Смъртта, помръдна,
и предложи да си поиграят.

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