poetry arrived….

Your lovely Poetry Tuesday begins with Pablo Neruda. I confess that I began to read Naruda mainly because I saw a movie called “Il Postino.” It’s probably more accurate to say that although I had read him in college I didn’t start buying his books until I saw the film. My point today isn’t that movies motivate but rather that no matter how we arrive at a poem it’s important we pay attention to it. This is the vibe I want to usher out to you today. When you read a poem you love…find MORE of that poet’s work..find poets who influenced them…find poets who emulate them. Find poetry and it will find you. And then in a quiet moment hasten thee to a bookstore…online or in real life…and support the great work of the poet by picking up a volume or two…and share it. Share it well.


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,
that fire,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
and open,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
likeness, image of
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.

Pablo Neruda



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