Tiny Feet

      Tiny Feet

To doña lsaura Dinator

A child's tiny feet,
Blue, blue with cold,
How can they see and not protect you?
Oh, my God!
Tiny wounded feet,
Bruised all over by pebbles,
Abused by snow and soil!
Man, being blind, ignores
that where you step, you leave
A blossom of bright light,
that where you have placed
your bleeding little soles
a redolent tuberose grows.
Since, however, you walk
through the streets so straight,
you are courageous, without fault.
Child's tiny feet,
Two suffering little gems,
How can the people pass, unseeing.

Gabriela Mistral
Translated by Mary Gallwey


Ternura (1924) Casi escolares  
English translation by Doris Dana
English translation by Mary Gallwey
Original version