The Rose

Gabriela Mistral 1889 (Vicuña) – 1957 (Hempstead)



The treasure at the heart of the rose
is your own heart's treasure.
Scatter it as the rose does:
your pain becomes hers to measure.

Scatter it in a song,
or in one great love's desire.
Do not resist the rose
lest you burn in its fire.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABXB XBAB
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 235
Words 49
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4

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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