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A Palm Tree

October 27, 2008

Lady of the winds,
heron of the plains,
when you sway
your being swings.

Gesture of prayer
or prelude to flight,
through your branches
the heavens flow.

From the dark land of men
I have come, on my knees, to behold you.
Tall, naked, singular.

Rosario Castellanos

Castellanos (25 May 1925 – 7 August 1974) was a Mexican poet and author. Along with the other members of the Generation of 1950 (the poets who wrote following the second world war, influenced by Cesar Vallejo and others), she was one of Mexico’s most important literary voices in the last century. [Source: Wikipedia]

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  1. Los Angeles Times permalink
    November 11, 2008 9:38 pm


  2. January 28, 2009 8:23 am

    Finding this poem was a joy…I love palm trees…and understand how magnificent they are…They have so much to teach us…They are considered the strongest trees in the world, able to stand up to high winds, bending almost to the ground without breaking..

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