To See Him Again by Gabriela Mistral

Never, never again?
Not on nights filled with quivering stars,
or during dawn’s maiden brightness
or afternoons of sacrifice?

Or at the edge of a pale path
that encircles the farmlands,
or upon the rim of a trembling fountain,
whitened by a shimmering moon?

Or beneath the forest’s
luxuriant, raveled tresses
where, calling his name,
I was overtaken by the night?
Not in the grotto that returns
the echo of my cry?

Oh no. To see him again —
it would not matter where —
in heaven’s deadwater
or inside the boiling vortex,
under serene moons or in bloodless fright!

To be with him…
every springtime and winter,
united in one anguished knot
around his bloody neck!

Gabriela Mistral

Note: A Chilean poet, educator and diplomat, Lucila Godoy Alcayaga wrote under the pseudonym of Gabriela Mistral. In 1945 she became the first Spanish American to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Mistral was one of Pablo Neruda’s teachers.

Suggested further reading: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/gabriela-mistral

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Russell Boyle, of russellboyle.com, is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. Russell is the author of a number of teaching resources, including the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Russell's poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness.
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5 Responses to To See Him Again by Gabriela Mistral

  1. Pingback: Tiny Feet by Gabriela Mistral | russellboyle

  2. My heart aches with the words.

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