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Cradles in the Dark by Gabriela Mistral
by John Howard Reid

Thursday, August 05, 2010
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Chile's finest poet, Gabriela Mistral, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945. One of her superlative poems was featured in my first anthology, "A Salute to Spanish Poetry". In my follow-up book, "100 More Masterpieces of Spanish Poetry", she will be represented by this beautiful analogy in which the love of God is likened to that of a mother for her child.


Meciendo en la sombra


 por Gabriela Mistral



El mar sus millares de olas

mece, divino.

Oyendo o los mares amantes,

mezo a mi niño.


El viento errabundo en la noche

mece a los trigos.

Oyendo o los vientos amantes,

mezo a mi niño.


Dios Padre sus miles de mundos

mece sin ruido.

Sintiendo su mano en la sombra,

mezo a mi niño.


Cradles in the Dark


 translated from the Spanish of Gabriela Mistral




The sea cradles thousands of waves

in a divine embrace.

As I listen to the loving sea,

I cradle my child.


The wind cradles fields of wheat,

as it wanders through the night.

As I listen to the loving wind,

I cradle my child.


Father God cradles His thousands of worlds

without any fanfare or fuss.

Touching His hand in the dark,

I cradle my child.




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Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 8/6/2010
Beautiful! To cradle a child is the ultimate peace...

Love and Peace~

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