I Beg You, Senora

October 24, 2006

 

Photo: Woman

Artist: Anwar Hossain

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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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