Gloria Fuertes’s poems deal with themes of universal literature such as pain and love , but anyone who walks through her work for a while will discover that this poet from Madrid distilled anger, disenchantment and irony on all four sides. We review her poetry to offer you some of the most surprising verses. Gloria Fuertes, verses for all audiences
Curiously, that Spanish post-war literary style was left in the background when, starting in the 70s, she came to the forefront of the media for her collaborations on children’s programs . That being the case, perhaps many will remember her for her appearances on Spanish Television such as ‘One balloon, two balloons, three balloons’.
However, Gloria Fuertes defended sexual equality in a difficult time and did the same in defense of peace and the environment, as can be seen in the verses that we present below. 15 great poems by Gloria Fuertes
We wanted to differentiate two parts in the work of Gloria Fuertes. 10 poems by Gloria Fuertes for adults
The first focuses on the most heartbreaking and cruel poems of Madrid, those that talk about pain, self-pity, hunger or lack of love. 1. On clear nights
On clear nights,
I solve the problem of being alone.
I invite the moon and with my shadow we are three.
It doesn’t take too many verses for this author to surprise you. Gloria Fuertes has theundeniable ability to capture loneliness in very few words. 2. I dedicated my book
I dedicated my book to a one-year-old girl,
and she liked it so much,
she ate it.
You have to read between the lines to see everything the author wants to tell us with these words. Here he highlights postwar hunger and the precariousness of the poet . 3. Sentimental self-euthanasia
Get out of the way
for not getting in the way,
for not shouting more whining verses.
I spent many days without writing,
without seeing you,
without eating more than crying.
One of Gloria Fuertes’s hardest poems, where she opens up to her readers. 4. And I don’t know why
I’m sad and I do not know why;
I’ve drunk love,
and I’m still thirsty.
I’m alone… and I don’t know why
I would like to know, but I won’t tell…
I’m alone and I don’t know why,
I would like to kiss, and I don’t know who.
I’m in love… and I don’t know what.
I would like to know… and it can’t be.
I’m sad and lonely… and I don’t know why.
We have chosen this excerpt to exemplify the sincerity and crudeness of the author, one of the hallmarks of her style From her. 5. I was born to be a poet or to be dead I was
born to be a poet or to be dead, I chose
—I survive all the shipwrecks—,
and I continue with my verses,
alive and kicking.
I was born to be a whore or a clown,
I chose the difficult
part —to make evicted customers laugh—,
and I continue with my tricks,
pulling a dove out of my petticoat.
I was born for nothing or a soldier,
and I chose the difficult—
not to be hardly anything on the stage—
and I continue between rifles and pistols
without getting my hands dirty.
An almost biographical text that gives a glimpse of the Spain in which Gloria Fuertes grew up. 6. There is no way out
There is no way out
I’m getting used to your saliva.
One of the many poems dedicated to love that this excellent poet left us. 7. Autobiography
Gloria Fuertes was born in Madrid
at two days old,
Well, my mother’s delivery was very laborious,
and if she is neglected, she dies to live with me.
At three years old I already knew how to read
and at six I already knew my work.
I was good and thin,
tall and a little sick.
When I was nine years old I got a car
and when I was fourteen I got caught up in the war;
At fifteen my mother died, she left when I needed her the most.
I learned to haggle in stores
and go to towns for carrots.
At that time I started with the loves,
-I do not say names-,
thanks to that, I was able to cope with
my neighborhood youth.
I wanted to go to war, to stop it,
but they stopped me halfway.
Then I got an office,
where I work like I’m dumb,
but God and the bellboy know I’m not.
I write at night
and go to the country a lot.
All mine have died years ago
and I am more alone than myself.
I have published verses in all the calendars,
I write in a children’s newspaper,
and I want to buy a natural flower in installments
like the ones that Peman sometimes gets.
Congratulations Gloria, we love you.
You will never find a more sincere and accurate biography of Gloria Fuertes. That’s how she wanted to be remembered and that’s how we will remember her .
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8. The poor thing
I’m so poor, so poor,
that I don’t even have a mother.
I am so poor, so poor,
that I have no one.
That I don’t even have a coat
to carry on my shoulders.
I have no beauty
to take to men.
I’m so poor, so poor,
that I don’t even have lips
to put on my lips.
Do you have a look of tenderness
? Is there any wine left over in the glass
? A little bit of fish, I’m hungry…!
Even if it’s just a look,
I’m so poor, so poor,
that I don’t have a white sheet…
but if I don’t, don’t go.
I don’t have a shoulder to cry on.
I don’t have a man to mend words.
Some hands, out of charity,
for my long ones,
because my heart is sick
and I don’t have to give it a spoonful. Drinking, loneliness or crying are constants in his work. 9. Even if we didn’t die when we died
Even if we didn’t die when we died,
the word suits that trance: Death.
Death is that those we love don’t look at us,
death is staying alone,
silent and still
and not being able to shout that you’re still alive.
Another sample of the crudeness in his poems Of him. His verses have moved millions of readers around the world. 10. We are so…
We are so… cruel
that you prefer to spend a few hours with whoever you want
that a lifetime with who loves you,
– or vice versa -.
Despite the pessimism that emerges from these verses, the Spanish knew the most affable face of the poet. 5 poems by Gloria Fuertes for children
The other half of Gloria Fuertes’ work is dedicated to instilling love for poetry in children. And what better way than with these poems. 1. How to draw a child
To draw a child
you have to do it with love.
Paint a lot of bangs,
—that he is eating a wafer—;
lots of freckles on his face
to show that he is a rascal;
—pillo rhymes with bangs
and means mischievous—.
Let’s continue the drawing:
round cheese face.
Since he is a fashionable child, he
drinks syrup with soda.
He wears jeans
with a beautiful hole;
American T -shirt
and a corduroy hat.
—because shooting is an artist—.
He laughs continuously,
because he is very smart.
Under the arm a story that’s
why he’s so happy.
This simple poem by Gloria Fuertes is a complete poetry lesson for the little ones . 2. My face
In my round face
I have eyes and a nose,
and also a mouth
to speak and to laugh.
With my eyes I see everything,
with my nose I make achis,
with my mouth I kind of
There are ideal poems for a child to discover that literature can also be entertaining. 3. Toys are for playing
Toys are for playing (really)
Not for Playing Kill (fake)
Guns (not water guns)
The revolver (not jokingly)
The shotgun (not touching it)
Toys for everything
AND weapons for nothing.
The woman from Madrid got fed up with the miseries of the post-war period and always showed off her pacifism . 4. The leg messes up
The plucked leg, cua, cua, cua,
as it is clumsy, cua, cua, cua,
she has messed up, cua, cua, cua,
in a pool. Crane! Crane! Crane!
In the pool there was a little pig alive and dirty,
with the mud of the pool, the little pig playing.
The little pig told him: put out your paw, beautiful paw.
And the patera leg gave him a rose.
Walk the farm eating figs.
The pig and the leg have become friends!
A well-known poem that could well be a lullaby. 5. Dona Pitu Piturra
Dona Pito Piturra has some gloves;
Dona Pito Piturra, very elegant.
Dona Pito Piturra has a hat;
Dona Pito Piturra, with a duster.
Dona Pito Piturra has a shoe;
Dona Pito Piturra, it was wide for her.
Dona Pito Piturra has some gloves;
Dona Pito Piturra, they are too big for you.
We end this selection with a famous poem by Gloria Fuertes that many will remember, perhaps from her childhood.
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