Why do this?

My father, José Luis Villamizar Melo, passed away in my home town of Cúcuta, Colombia, in August last year. The law and economics were Dad's profession, but literature, history and academia his passion. He wrote and published several books, articles and book chapters. The thing is that so many people have missed out on his work, particularly on his beautiful poetry, which he wrote in Spanish prior to the world wide web. So I thought, what a better way to keep Dad's legacy alive than to bring his writing beyond his world and share it with mine. That is why I am translating over 250 of my Dad's poems to English and publishing them here, one a day, Monday to Friday during 2011 (Dad, a family man, always believed that you shouldn't work on weekends).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Roots (Raices)

I’m going back to choir rehearsal tonight.  A brand new year of singing with friends.  Can't wait!  So I’ll have to leave you with a shorty but a cutie from my Dad’s book Boundaries (Confines).  Enjoy!

Roots (Raices)

You scattered the seeds of sorrow
all over the soil of my soul.
Deep roots are growing
under the shade of the tree
that provides shelter.

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