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Gabriela Mistral’s, “Tiny Feet”

A child’s tiny feet,
Blue, blue with cold,
How can they see and not protect you?
Oh, my God! (1-4)
Tiny wounded feet,
Bruised all over by pebbles, Abused by snow and soil! (5-7)
Man, being blind, ignores that where you step, you leave
A blossom of bright light, that where you have placed your bleeding little soles a redolent tuberose grows. (8-13)
Since, however, you walk through the streets so straight, you are courageous, without fault. (14-16)
Child’s tiny feet,
Two suffering little gems, How can the people pass, unseeing. (17-19)

The poem “Tiny Feet” (1945) by Gabriela Mistral is a heart
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The last line of the fourth stanza states that “You are courageous, without fault” (16) and shows the reader that through adversity and hardships, the child seems to not give up and that it is no fault of his own that he currently has to live this life of poverty. Mistral criticizes society for not wanting to help the child. Two incomplete sentences and a question make up the fifth stanza. The incomplete sentences help the reader to understand the view of the author. In the lines “Child’s tiny feet, Two suffering little gems,” (17-18) the author addresses the agony the child is enduring and compares the child’s feet to gems, stating how children are a blessing, and should be protected as you would protect any precious gem. Mistral ends the poem with the following question, “How can the people pass, unseeing.” (19) The ‘unseeing’ people are those that take for granted the blessing of children, as having her own children is something she deeply desires. Mistral is concerned about the future of the child in a society that looked away from poverty stricken children who grew up poor knowing no other way of life. How could society continue to ignore child poverty and not intervene and protect them? The last stanza leads the reader to firmly believe that no one helped the child.
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