Today's Beautiful Gem: `Prayer' by Gabriela Mistral (1899-1957),
translated by Langston Hughes.

"Like those jars that women put out
to catch the dew of the night,
I place my breasts before God.
I give Him a new name,
I call Him the Filler,
and I beg of Him
the abundant liquid of life.
Thirstily looking for it,
will come my son."

Note: Starting from to-day, I will be posting some passages on
the mother, her children, and the motherhood. Gabriela Mistral
is the pseudonym of the Chilean poet Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga,
the first woman poet to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
She was dismissed from school because she was thought "not
good enough" to merit further instruction! Her poems "were
dedicated to those women capable of seeing that the sacredness
of life begins with maternity which is, in itself, holy."
She spent considerable time in USA teaching history.

om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao