SPIRITUAL POEMS: “The wing’s shadow” by Amado Nervo “La sombra del ala”


The Wing’s Shadow

You who assume I don’t believe
whenever we two debate:
you can’t imagine how I long,
I thirst, I hunger for God.

You’ve never heard
my desperate cries filling
the heart of darkness
with invocations of the Infinite.

You’ve never seen how my thought,
in its dedication to bearing
the ideal, regularly endures
the tortures of childbirth.

If my barren spirit
had your fertility,
it would’ve already forged a heaven
to make its world whole.

But I say: who knows
what effort would suffice
in a soul with no flag
to lead your torturer about,

a soul that lives by abstinence from faith,
and with heroic tenacity,
interrogates each abyss
and each night, asking why?

At all events, I take refuge
in my thirst for investigation,
my craving for God, deep and silent;
and there is more love in my doubt
than in your heated contention.

Amado Nervo (1914)


La sombra del ala

Tú que piensas que no creo
cuando argüimos los dos,
no imaginas mi deseo,
mi sed, mi hambre de Dios;

ni has escuchado mi grito
desesperante, que puebla
la entraña de la tiniebla
invocando al Infinito;

ni ves a mi pensamiento,
que empeñado en producir
ideal, suele sufrir
torturas de alumbramiento.

Si mi espíritu infecundo
tu fertilidad tuviese,
forjado ya un cielo hubiese
para completar su mundo.

Pero di, ¿qué esfuerzo cabe
en un alma sin bandera
que lleva por dondequiera
tu torturador ¿quién sabe?;

que vive ayuna de fe
y, con tenaz heroísmo,
va pidiendo a cada abismo
y a cada noche un ¿por qué?

De todas suertes, me escuda
mi sed de investigación,
mi ansia de Dios, honda y muda;
y hay más amor en mi duda
que en tu tibia afirmación.

 Amado Nervo

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you Linda! and this is one of my favorite Spanish speaking poets! He is very spiritual and mystical in his poetry. Love, Amira

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