Macaronic: muddled or mixed up
Don’t go far off, not even for a day, because —
because — I don’t know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.
Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.
Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don’t leave me for a second, my dearest,
because in that moment you’ll have gone so far
I’ll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?
Labtebricole: literally living in a hole
Kalon – ideal perfect beauty in the physical and moral sense, especially as perceived by Greek philosophers; beauty that is more than skin deep
Jansky – unit of strength of radio wave emission
Iatrogenic: a medical issue that arises as a result of medical treatment; an example is nerve damage after surgery
Howdah – seat with a canopy erected on an elephant’s back