by Francisco Ferrer Lerín
I returned on the thirtieth year of my death. The house, old, without that coat of paint we were never able to give it, the books entombed in dust, the furniture devoured by woodworms. Not one vestige of my things. My wife buried far away in the dry, yellow south. My two children, whom I loved so much, irremissibly erased with no clue so as to what could have happened to them. I climb and descend stairs, I take the elevator, I scour the immense garage, I go up and down the sidewalk, but I don't know anyone, there is no one left from those days. And I can't question those strangers, because they don't hear me, nor, perhaps, do they see me. I should not have come back.
Translated from the Spanish by Arturo Mantecón