Gabriela Mistral
The Stranger (La Extranjera) by Gabriela Mistral

The Stranger (La Extranjera) by Gabriela Mistral

She speaks in her way of her savage seasWith unknown algae and unknown sands;She prays to a formless, weightless God,Aged, as if dying.In our garden now so strange,She has planted ...

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The Shining Host by Gabriela Mistral

The Shining Host by Gabriela Mistral

In vain you tryTo smother my song:A million childrenIn chorus sing itBeneath the sun!In vain you tryTo break my verseOf affliction:The children sing it Under God!

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Creed by Gabriela Mistral

Creed by Gabriela Mistral

I believe in my heart that whenThe wounded heart sunk within the depth of God singsIt rises from the pond aliveAs if new-born.I believe in my heart that what I wring from myselfTo ...

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Those Who Do Not Dance by Gabriela Mistral

Those Who Do Not Dance by Gabriela Mistral

A crippled childSaid, “How shall I dance?”Let your heart danceWe said. Then the invalid said:“How shall I sing?”Let your heart singWe said Then spoke the poor dead thistle,But I, ...

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Pine Forest by Gabriela Mistral

Pine Forest by Gabriela Mistral

Let us go now into the forest.Trees will pass by your face,and I will stop and offer you to them,but they cannot bend down.The night watches over its creatures,except for the pine ...

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Dusk by Gabriela Mistral

Dusk by Gabriela Mistral

I feel my heart meltingin the mildness like candles:my veins are slow oiland not wine,and I feel my life fleeinghushed and gentle like the gazelle.

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The Lark by Gabriela Mistral

The Lark by Gabriela Mistral

You said that you loved the lark more than any other bird because of its straight flight toward the sun. That is how I wanted our flight to be. Albatrosses fly ...

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Song Of Death by Gabriela Mistral

Song Of Death by Gabriela Mistral

Old Woman Census-taker,Death the Trickster,when you're going along,don't you meet my baby.Sniffing at newborns,smelling for the milk,find salt, find cornmeal,don't find my ...

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The Rose by Gabriela Mistral

The Rose by Gabriela Mistral

The treasure at the heart of the roseis your own heart's treasure.Scatter it as the rose does:your pain becomes hers to measure.Scatter it in a song,or in one great love's ...

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The Alpaca by Gabriela Mistral

The Alpaca by Gabriela Mistral

She is harnessed for a long journey; on her back she carries an entire store of wool. She walks without rest, and sees with eyes full of strangeness. The wool ...

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Anniversary by Gabriela Mistral

Anniversary by Gabriela Mistral

And we go on and on,Neither sleeping nor awake,Towards the meeting, unawareThat we are already there.That the silence is perfect,And that the flesh is gone.The call still is not ...

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Decalogue Of The Artist by Gabriela Mistral

Decalogue Of The Artist by Gabriela Mistral

I. You shall love beauty, which is the shadow of God over the Universe. II.There is no godless art. Although you love not the Creator, you shall bear witness to Him creating His ...

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Death Sonnet I by Gabriela Mistral

Death Sonnet I by Gabriela Mistral

From the icy niche where men placed youI lower your body to the sunny, poor earth.They didn't know I too must sleep in itand dream on the same pillow.I place you in the sunny ...

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Tiny Feet by Gabriela Mistral

Tiny Feet by Gabriela Mistral

A child's tiny feet, Blue, blue with cold, How can they see and not protect you? Oh, my God! Tiny wounded feet, Bruised all over by pebbles, Abused by snow and soil! Man, being ...

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To See Him Again by Gabriela Mistral

To See Him Again by Gabriela Mistral

Never, never again?Not on nights filled with quivering stars,or during dawn's maiden brightnessor afternoons of sacrifice?Or at the edge of a pale paththat encircles the ...

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I Am Not Alone by Gabriela Mistral

I Am Not Alone by Gabriela Mistral

The night, it is deserted from the mountains to the sea. But I, the one who rocks you, I am not alone! The sky, it is deserted for the moon falls to the sea. But I, the one who ...

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The Sad Mother by Gabriela Mistral

The Sad Mother by Gabriela Mistral

Sleep, sleep, my beloved,without worry, without fear,although my soul does not sleep,although I do not rest.Sleep, sleep, and in the nightmay your whispers be softerthan a leaf of ...

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Rocking by Gabriela Mistral

Rocking by Gabriela Mistral

A thousand waves Divine the sea she rocks I hear the loving seas And rock my son, my son Night fields of wheat The wandering wind rocks I hear the loving winds And rock my son, my ...

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