Poetry by Pablo Neruda

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!

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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
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 plantations,
shadow perforated,
riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal 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.

~~~

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