Gabriela Mistral Poems
- The Sad Mother Sleep, sleep, my beloved, without worry, ...
- Pine Forest Let us go now into the forest. Trees will pass ...
- 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 ...
- Decalogue Of The Artist I. You shall love beauty, which is ...
- Anniversary And we go on and on, Neither sleeping nor ...
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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The Sad Mother
Sleep, sleep, my beloved,
without worry, without fear,
although my soul does not sleep,
although I do not rest.
Sleep, sleep, and in the night
may your whispers be softer
than a leaf of grass,
or the silken fleece of lambs.
May my flesh slumber in you,
my worry, my trembling.
In you, may my eyes close
and my heart sleep.