To See Him Again

Gabriela Mistral 1889 (Vicuña) – 1957 (Hempstead)



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!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 09, 2023

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Scheme AXXX XXXX XXXBXC AXCXB XXXX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 651
Words 119
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 6, 5, 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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