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Do you remember when you first met her?

Yes. It was at Barnard College

in Columbia University.

What was her role in Barnard?

She held a Visiting Professorship.

That is a long way from

teacher’s assistant in Chile.

True. But she had drive.

Did she ever tell you how she

became a teacher’s assistant?

Yes. Her father abandoned her

and her mother.

She took the job to support them.

It must have been a rough life.

She never complained about it.

How did she move from a

teacher’s assistant in Chile

to a Visiting Professor at Barnard.

She started writing poetry

while a teacher’s assistant.

And then?

And then she won some local and national

poetry awards.

That doesn’t seem to answer the ‘great leap.’

No. You are correct. It doesn’t.

Any insights?


First, in 1923, she won

the Chilean National Teachers award.

She was able to slowly move up through

a graduated series of colleges in Chile,

finally becoming a professor.

What would you consider her

defining moment?

I do not know this for sure

but I always surmised that

it was the suicide of her lover.

When did that occur?

When she was in her teens.

Did she ever tell you who that was?

Yes. I have it here in my notes – – –


Yes, here it is.

His name was Romelio Ureta.

Do you know anything about him?

Not really.

She said he worked on the railroad.

I have no idea what he did.

Do you think it was the abandonment

by her father or the death of her lover

that defined her most?

Possibly the series of painful things

that occurred in her life.

There were other events?


She lost a nephew to suicide.

She told me that she thought of him

as her son; it changed her outlook on life.

How did the death of her lover manifest itself?

She started her signature work

“Sonnets of Death.”

That was the work that earned her the

Juegos Florales prize; correct?


And then she went on to win

the Nobel Prize in Literature.

What year was that?

In 1945.

She was an ambassador also?


She represented Chile as consul in

Brazil, Spain, Portugal and the US.

How old was she when she died?


Had she returned to Chile

before her death?

No. She died in Hempstead, Long Island.

And the year?

January 7, 1957

 Mature Gabriela

Lucila de María del Perpetuo Socorro Godoy Alcayaga

Psuedonym: Gabriela Mistral



Never, never again?

Not on nights filled with quivering stars,

or during dawn’s maiden brightness

or afternoons of sacrifice?


Or at the edge of a pale path

that encircles the farmlands,

or upon the rim of a trembling fountain,

whitened by a shimmering moon?


Or beneath the forest’s

luxuriant, raveled tresses

where, calling his name, I was overtaken by the night?

Not in the grotto that returns

the echo of my cry?


Oh no.

To see him again —

it would not matter where —

in heaven’s deadwater

or inside the boiling vortex,

under serene moons or in bloodless fright!


To be with him…

every springtime and winter,

united in one anguished knot

around his bloody neck!

Gabriela Mistral 

 Young Gabriela



About Waldo "Wally" Tomosky

I am proud of my work life (not the jobs, just the work).  Bait monger  Lawn mower  Paper boy  Windshield cleaner in a drive-in theater (if you don't know what a drive-in theater is there is no sense in you reading any farther)  Snack shack janitor in a drive in theater (ditto for drive-in theater)  Milling machine clean-up boy in a tool and die shop  Plastic injection press operator  Centurion in the US Army  Factory hand  Apprentice boy  Tool and die maker  Software user manual writer  Computer programmer  Ex-patriate par excellence  Engineering manager  Software test manager  Retiree  University administrator  System analyst  Retiree (2nd try)  Licensed amateur paleontologist  Retiree (3rd try)  Shovel bum (archaeology)  Retiree (4th try)  Delivery driver  Retiree (5th try)  Graduate student (skipped AA and BA due to the level of difficulty)  Retiree (finally got the drift of it) I have been writing for fourteen years and have fifteen books on Amazon/Kindle. Some horror, some twisted, some experimental, some essay and a few historical. I think that now I will really, really, really retire and just write. Lets see if I can do retirement correctly this time!
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5 Responses to THE ARIES

  1. kcg1974 says:

    Oh, I loved this. The style, the form, the way the words were played with. Superb. 🙂

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