The Snowfall is So Silent, by Miguel de Unamuno

Lawren Harris, entitled, "Snow II", from 1915.
Lawren Harris, Snow II, from 1915.

The snowfall is so silent,
so slow,
bit by bit, with delicacy
it settles down on the earth
and covers over the fields.
The silent snow comes down
white and weightless;
snowfall makes no noise,
falls as forgetting falls,
flake after flake.
It covers the fields gently
while frost attacks them
with its sudden flashes of white;
covers everything with its pure
and silent covering;
not one thing on the ground
anywhere escapes it.
And wherever it falls it stays,
content and gay,
for snow does not slip off
as rain does,
but it stays and sinks in.
The flakes are skyflowers,
pale lilies from the clouds,
that wither on earth.
They come down blossoming
but then so quickly
they are gone;
they bloom only on the peak,
above the mountains,
and make the earth feel heavier
when they die inside.
Snow, delicate snow,
that falls with such lightness
on the head,
on the feelings,
come and cover over the sadness
that lies always in my reason.

—Miguel de Unamuno, translated by Robert Bly.

 

7 Comments

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Genjureply
February 09, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Thank you.

wordwandreply
February 09, 2010 at 10:02 AM

a very lovely poem, well done.

stevenreply
February 09, 2010 at 05:02 PM

lawren harris- my favourite group of seven artist. connected to blavatsky. and robert bly translating a thing of beauty. nice nice long moment inside the moment. “falls as forgetting falls”. oh my!! steven

Rob Preussreply
February 11, 2010 at 01:02 AM

nice-

i just finished watching this interview with Lawren Harris…

http://archives.cbc.ca/arts_entertainment/visual_arts/clips/4628/

he was also part of a group of painters with
Nicholas Roerich in Santa Fe, NM!!!
thanks!
®ob

Artemesiareply
February 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM

I want to thank Rob Preuss for his link to the Lawren Harris interview..it was a treat. And Luke, the Unamuno poem is fitting to the image in its pristine simplicity.
A

Luke Stormsreply
February 18, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Thank you all for your comments. I apologize for being so quiet on here lately, but I have been incredibly busy lately.

Thanks so much for the link Rob.

I live in Toronto and I am lucky to be situated about a ten minute walk from The Art Gallery of Ontario where they have a room dedicated to The Group of Seven. It houses several works by Harris and the others, as well as paintings by Emily Carr and Tom Thomson. They are absolutely breath-taking in person. If you ever find yourself visiting Toronto, be sure to check it out.

warm regards,

Luke

Joanna D’Angeloreply
March 01, 2010 at 07:03 PM

love this poem. thanks for posting it. 😉

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