I Beg You, Senora

October 24, 2006


Photo: Woman

Artist: Anwar Hossain


I beg you, Senora,

please forgive me

if my silence

seems insulting.


Don’t accuse me

if I’m so weak from wanting

I forgot to say

I have an explanation:


Moved by my passion-

not careless, not indifferent-

I took work from my tongue

and gave it to my heart.


And like my passion

I lacked words to tell you:

I saw you in my soul.

In my soul, I spoke to you.


I lived in illusion

and was truly happy.

I held you in my hand.

and let myself imagine.




Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz



Sor Juana’s Love Poems

Poemas de Amor

Tranlsated by: Joan Larkin and Jaime Manrique

Painted Leaf Press

(Painted Leaf Press no longer exists. Sigh.)


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