Why spoil the red carnations
falling on the snow?
I have never gone there,
in that oblivious crossroads of death.
He never knew what grew
in the ditches of white,
perhaps roses against the cottages.
In the waste of the cold,
against the curtains
that covered the cannons of the tanks.
What did anything matter
except the silence of the snow,
the frost covering his face?
The disjointed love of his youth
being lost in a coffin of white roses,
blood mixed with the wine of his crucifixion.
I was in Paris months ago.
To the north was that place.
In that country of foreign names,
battles unremembered by children,
with the passage of ghosts
struggling on the roads.
his young face ravaged,
his dreams broken,
in the black destiny of a winter,
where he looked into the whiteness
and saw stars exploding.