Alfonsina Storni

(29 May 1892 – 25 October 1938 / Capriasca)

Sleep Peacefully


You said the word that enamors
My hearing. You already forgot. Good.
Sleep peacefully. Your face should
Be serene and beautiful at all hours.

When the seductive mouth enchants
It should be fresh, your speech pleasant;
For your office as lover it's not good
That many tears come from your face.

More glorious destinies reclaim you
That were brought, between the black wells
Of the dark circles beneath your eyes,
the seer in pain.

The bottom, summit of the beautiful victims!
The foolish spade of some barbarous king
Did more harm to the world and your statue.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Elzbieta Czerkawska (5/26/2005 11:36:00 PM)

    I really like this poem, but unfortunately whoever translated it did not do it justice. First of all, the original is a sonnet, this one does not keep the form.... also, the last stanza is not translated correctly. (Report) Reply

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