Gabriela Mistral Poems
- Pine Forest Let us go now into the forest. Trees will pass ...
- The Sad Mother Sleep, sleep, my beloved, without worry, ...
- To See Him Again Never, never again? Not on nights filled ...
- I Am Not Alone The night, it is deserted from the mountains...
- Dusk I feel my heart melting in the mildness like ...
- Death Sonnet I From the icy niche where men placed you I ...
- Tiny Feet A child's tiny feet, Blue, blue with cold, How ...
Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, a Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist who was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945. Some central themes in her poems are nature, betrayal, love, a mother's love, sorrow and recovery, travel, and Latin American identity as formed from a mixture of Native American and European influences. Her portrait also appears on the 5,000 Chilean peso bank note. Mistral herself was of Basque and Aymara descent.
Mistral was born in Vicuña, Chile, but was raised in the small Andean village of Montegrande, where she attended the Primary school taught by her older sister, ... more »
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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 trees that never change:
the old wounded springs that spring
blessed gum, eternal afternoons.
If they could, the trees would lift you
and carry you from valley to valley,
and you would pass from arm to arm,
a child running
from father to father.