South American Poetry

Introducing a Chilean Poet, Gabriela Mistral.

Her words are passionate, and speaks of love, death, injustice, and her native land, Chile. 

Close To Me!
  by Gabriela Mistral translated by Doris Dana

Little fleece of my flesh
that I wove in my womb,
little shivering fleece,
sleep close to me!

The partridge sleeps in the clover
hearing its heart beat.
My breathing will not wake you.
Sleep close to me!

Little trembling blade of grass

astonished to be alive
don't leave my breast
sleep close to me!

I who have lost everything
am now afraid to sleep.
Don't slip away from my arms.
Sleep close to me!

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