translated celebration

Tonight for poetics at d’Verse, Laura offers translations of poems by non-English poets for us to interpret and respond with a poem of our own…



And we go on and on,
neither sleeping nor awake,
towards the meeting, unaware
that we are already there. 

That the silence is perfect,
and that the flesh is gone.
The call still is not heard
nor does the Caller reveal his face.

 But perhaps this might be
oh, my love, the gift
of the eternal Face without gestures
and of the kingdom without form! 

by Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) – the pen name of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, was Chilean and the first Spanish American author to receive the Nobel Prize in literature.


50th anniversary

oh, my dear,
we would have
celebrated fifty years
if still awake
but here we lie,
on and on
side by side
asleep in
perfect benighted
waiting for day
when our Maker calls
us each by
new flesh restored
reuniting with spirit
to fully
the gift revealed
of an eternal kingdom:
to see
face to Face!


by lynn__ American poet 1959 –


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rothpoetry
    Aug 15, 2019 @ 10:58:21

    You have captured the essence very well!!


  2. pvcann
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 19:08:40

    Poignant expression of love and grief, and the waiting for reunion.


  3. Beverly Crawford
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 16:44:15

    Inspiring, eternal promise.


  4. memadtwo
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 15:55:43

    Full of hope and affirmation.(K)


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 14:36:56

    The wonderful end is a great way to interpret the poem…


  6. Laura Bloomsbury
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 02:23:40

    such timelessness in these lines! your resurrection poem touches on the eternity in Mistral’s poem and I love the lines: “asleep in
    perfect benighted
    thank you for joining in with the prompt


  7. robtkistner
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 01:57:12

    Well expressed Lynn.


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