RAFAEL ALBERTI: If My Voice Should Die

(from the Spanish of Rafael Alberti)

If my voice should die on dry land
carry it down to the coast
and leave it by the sea.

Carry it down to the coast
and name it captain
of a great white battleship.

Oh, my voice, decorated
with all the insignia of the navy:

over the heart an anchor
over the anchor a star
over the star the wind
and over the wind a sail!