The Light of Desire

The Light of Desire

La luz del deseo

Marjorie Agosín

Translated by Lori Marie Carlson

We searched neither for
Nor monuments to love by
Only sacred time
In a sacred city
Beyond the hills
While Jerusalem dozed
In the holy time of piece


In a time without beginnings without forgetting
We searched neither for dates nor mementos
To love by
We awaited the arrival of silence,
The breath of Jerusalem above our heads.


*This poem belongs to The Light of Desire published by Swan Isle Press


*Image by Patrick McKay


Marjorie Agosín is a Chilean-American writer. She has won notability for her outspokenness for women’s rights in Chile. The United Nations has honored her for her work on human rights. She also won many important literary awards. The Chilean government awarded her with the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor for Life Achievement in 2000. She has authored 9 books.

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