John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Poet's Corner: Sonnet


Philip worships me and I abhor him;
Leonard hates me; and for him I yearn;
for him who would desire me not, I'm weeping,
and him who weeps for me I always spurn.

To him who'd shame me most, my soul I offer;
him who'd sacrifice for me, I shame;
I scorn him who'd exalt my reputation,
of him who'd scorn it, I exalt the name.

If I complain that one of them offends me,
the other censures me for some offense;
in either case I suffer in my task,

for each of them wreaks torture on my feelings:
the latter asking for what I don't have;
the former by not having what I ask.

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (c. 1648 – 1695)
Translated and © 1995 by Alix Ingber

This poem can be read in its original language here.

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