It is in silence that the human spirit touches the divine.
You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.
I have sat down in the middle of the Earth,
my love, in the middle of my life,
to open my veins and my chest,
to peel my skin like a pomegranate,
and to break the red mahogany
of these bones that loved you.
—Gabriela Mistral, from “The Abandoned Woman” (translated by Randall Couch)