is a poem by the Spanish poet Antonio Machado in the upper left hand
corner of the painting:
one brilliant day, called to my
soul with an aroma of jasmine.
return for this jasmine,
I'd like all the odor of your roses."
have no roses, I have no flowers
left now in my garden. All are dead."
I'll take the waters of the fountain
and the yellow leaves and dried-up petals."
left. I wept.
I said to my soul:
"what have you done with the garden entrusted to you?"
from the spanish by Robert Bly, in his anthology of Machado's poetry,