Pine Forest

Gabriela Mistral 1889 (Vicuña) – 1957 (Hempstead)



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.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 16, 2023

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Scheme ABCDEFGHIJKGL
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 426
Words 83
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 13

Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, a Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and feminist who was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945. more…

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