Marco Polo’s Dilemma: for Margaret Randall by Victor Rodriguez Nunez

I’ve seen something of the world
Managua dust storms
bare snow
covering the pines along the road to Smolyan
and the flags arguing atop a tower
of the University of Puerto Rico

I’ve seen something of the world
Palenque’s bewitched stones
the bay of honey
forgotten by summer at Ponta Delgada
and the Red Square
painted by Kandinsky

I’ve seen something of the world
and it only deepens my sorrow
Nothing belongs to me

translated by Katherine M. Hedeen