A Drop of Dew

by Edgar Omar Avilés Read author interview December 15, 2005
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A drop of dew on the tip of a trembling willow leaf refuses to fall and be swallowed by the ground. The drop, desperately, with her eyes shut tight, begs the gods for mercy. Two drops rise from her and then four; and the drop becomes a drip; and the drop becomes rain; and the drop becomes a storm; and the drop becomes a river and waterfall; and the drop becomes a sea; and the drop becomes a merciless flood spilling into ports and cities: the cries and screams of the living creatures fill the world, and even the continents drown.

Powerful, the drop of dew laughs, but she stops as she feels the dry throat of the ground devouring her. Then she opens her eyes and looks up at the willow tree and the leaf, still trembling, from which she has fallen.

Una gota de rocío, en la punta de una temblorosa hoja de sauce, se niega a caer y ser tragada por la tierra. La gota, desesperada, con sus ojillos cerrados, suplica a los dioses misericordia: entonces de ella surgen dos gotas y luego cuatro; y la gota se convierte en gotera; y la gota se convierte en lluvia; y la gota se convierte en tormenta; y la gota se convierte en río y cascada; y la gota se convierte en mar; y la gota se convierte en una despiadada inundación que se derrama en puertos y ciudades: los llantos y gritos de los seres abarcan al Mundo, cuyos continentes sucumben ahogándose también.

Poderosa, la gota de rocío se carcajea, pero deja de hacerlo al sentir la seca garganta de la tierra devorándola, entonces abre sus ojillos y arriba ve al sauce y a la hoja, todavía temblorosa, de la que ha caído.

translated by Toshiya A. Kamei

About the Author:

Edgar Omar Avilés was born in Morelia, Michoacán, México, on May 22, 1980. He studied Hispanic literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. His stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies, including Los Mejores Cuentos Mexicanos 2004 (Joaquín Mortiz) and Novísimos Cuentos de la República Mexicana (Tierra Adentro, 2005).