Thursday, June 01, 2006

Thursday poem of the week


POETRY
And it was at that age...Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
deciphering
that fire
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open,
planets,
palpitating planations,
shadow perforated,
riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesmal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likeness, image of
mystery,
I felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke free on the open sky.

~ Pablo Neruda

3 comments:

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

I think there is a blog movement of Poetry Thursday but I think it is supposed to be your own personal poetry...not sure. This is a great poem though and thanks for sharing it!

wanderingscribe said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
There’s more information about my journey at http://tinyurl.com/qeavt
Best wishes
WS

Dana said...

This is one of my FAVORITE Neruda poems.