Nocturne by Rosario Castellanos

Time is too long for life;
For knowledge not enough.
What have we come for, night, heart of night?
Dream that we do not die
And, at times, for a moment, wake.

Rosario Castellanos

Further reading: The Other Mexico by Tom Gething

About Russell Boyle

Russell Boyle is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. His poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness. Russell is the author of the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 to 10 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Sample poems and questions may be downloaded from
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8 Responses to Nocturne by Rosario Castellanos

  1. bhupinder says:

    Thanks for introducing to Rosario Castellanos’s poetry. This one reminded me of Hamlet’s soliloquy (To be or not to be):
    “To die, to sleep—
    No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
    The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
    That Flesh is heir to? ‘Tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep,
    To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there’s the rub,
    For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come”

  2. cindy knoke says:

    beautiful and also new….thank you!

  3. Jackie says:

    This is a wonderful poem. I really like the mood she created and her writing style.

  4. Tom Gething says:

    Lovely, Russell. Now I must explore her poetry.

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