I give you Neruda again. There is so much of his poetry that I have to share as they are my favorites! This one is special as I saw it first in the ending credits of the Italian movie ‘Il Postino: The Postman”. I loved the movie and this poem simply reached out to me.
“The movie tells a fictional story in which the real life Chilena poet Pablo Neruda forms a relationship with a simple postman who learns to love poetry. It stars Phillippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi, and Maria Grazia Cucinotta. The screenplay was adapted from the novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skarmeta. Writer/star Massimo Troisi postponed heart surgery so that he could complete the film. The day after filming was completed, he suffered a fatal heart attack.”
This poem talks about Poetry in such a special way that anyone reading this poem would want to be a poet, just to feel this FREE!
POETRY by Pablo Neruda
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
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.
And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
likeness, image of
I felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke free on the open sky.