Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Clenched Soul - Pablo Neruda

We have lost even this twilight.
No one saw us this evening hand in hand
while the blue night dropped on the world.

I have seen from my window
the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.

Sometimes a piece of sun
burned like a coin in my hand.

I remembered you with my soul clenched
in that sadness of mine that you know.

Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Saying what?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?

The book fell that always closed at twilight
and my blue sweater rolled like a hurt dog at my feet.

Always, always you recede through the evenings
toward the twilight erasing statues.


amymeng said...

Hello there...I stumbled onto your blog some time ago while searching for a poem and decided to bookmark it for future reading. I just got the chance to sit down and look through some of your posts, and I just wanted to say that I lovelove your taste in poetry. Finding good poetry always makes my day.

I'm a student in my last year of college and I'll be working on a creative writing thesis in the fall. I see a lot of my favorite poems on your blog, as well as a lot of totally new poetry, which is so refreshing. I'm just dropping by to thank you for all the great poems, and to let you know that I'll definitely be going through all your posts in the coming weeks--and that I'm incredibly excited to do so. Thanks!

Mark Eisner said...

Such a great poem. Check out
about a documentary on Neruda and the bestselling edition of translations, "The Essential Neruda"

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– The Bloomsbury Review

"What better way to celebrate the hundred years of Neruda's glorious residence on our earth than this selection of crucial works - in both languages! - by one of the greatest poets of all time. A splendid way to begin a love affair with our Pablo or, having already succumbed to his infinite charms, revisit him passionately again and again and yet again."
– Ariel Dorfman, Pulitzer-prize winner author of "Death and the Maiden"

" ...The Essential Neruda will prove to be, for most readers, the best introduction to Neruda available in English. In fact, I can think of few other books that have given me so much delight so easily. At only 234 pages (bilingual), it somehow manages to convey the fullness of Neruda's poetic arc: Reading it is like reading the autobiography of a poetic sensibility (granted, the abridged version)."
– The Austin Chronicle


Maree said...

Thank you both... sorry I did not notice your comments until now, I shall have to see how to get notifications when when there are comments on my blog!