Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Sad Mother

Painting by Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child (c.1900)

Sleep, sleep, my beloved,
without worry, without fear,
although my soul does not sleep,
although I do not rest.

Sleep, sleep, and in the night
may your whispers be softer
than a leaf of grass,
or the silken fleece of lambs.

May my flesh slumber in you,
my worry, my trembling.
In you, may my eyes close
and my heart sleep.

poem by
Gabriela Mistral

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