For Jordi Pere Cerda

Poet Cerda, in what language
did you watch over the sheep as a child
in what language did you count them during those days
of European innocence restored
and not yet lost again –
right after World War I?

In what language do you know how to herd the flocks
in the Pyrenees, the Alps, the Carpathians?

Here in the dictionary brought to this mountain
do you think we can still find that language
on its brittle pages
that one day are going to be scanned?