Pablo Neruda

1904 - 1973

A Quote by Pablo Neruda

las lágrimas que no se lloran
esperan en pequeños lagos?

o serán ríos invisibles
que corren hacia la tristesa?

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

Source: the Book of Questions

Contributed by: aguacera

A Quote by Pablo Neruda on enignas, ocean, mystery, science, poetry, lobster, ascidia, macrocystis, and unicorn

Enigmas
      
You've asked me what the lobster is weaving
there with his golden feet?
I reply, the ocean knows this.
You say, what is the ascidia waiting for in its transparentbell?
What is it waiting for?
I tell you it is waiting for time, like you.
You ask me whom the Macrocystis alga hugs in its arms?
Study, study it, at a certain hour, in a certain sea I know.
You question me about the wicked tusk of the narwhal,
and I reply by describing
how the sea unicorn with the harpoon in it dies.
You enquire about the kingfisher's feathers,
which tremble in the pure springs of the southern tides?
Or you've found in the cards
a new question touching on
the crystal architecture
of the sea anemone,
and you'll deal that to me now?
You want to understand
the electric nature of the ocean spines?
The armored stalactite that breaks as it walks?
The hook of the angler fish, the music stretched out
in the deep places like a thread in the water?

I want to tell you the ocean knows this,
that life in its jewel boxes
is endless as the sand, impossible to count, pure,
and among the blood-colored grapes
time has made the
petal
hard and shiny, made the jellyfish full of light
and untied its knot, letting its musical threads fall
from a horn of plenty made of infinite mother-of-pearl.

I am nothing but the empty net which has gone on ahead
of human eyes, dead in those darknesses,
of fingers accustomed to the triangle, longitudes
on the timid globe of an orange.

I walked around as you do, investigating
the endless star,
and in my net, during the night, I woke up naked,
the only thing caught, a fish trapped inside the wind.

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

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A Quote by Pablo Neruda on silence

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Let us look for secret things somewhere in the world on the blue shore of silence or where the storm has passed rampaging like a train. There the faint signs are left, coins of time and water, debris ,celestial ash and the irreplaceable rapture of sharing in the labour of soitude in the sand.

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

Source: On the shore of blue Silence

Contributed by: Sarah

A Quote by Pablo Neruda on question, reality, and perception

Is 4 the same 4 for everybody?
Are all sevens equal?

When the convict ponders the light
is it the same light that shines on you?

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

Source: The Book of Questions

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Pablo Neruda on love

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I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

that this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

Contributed by: Ola

A Quote by Pablo Neruda on beauty, color, hummingbird, and miracle

From scarlet to powdered gold,
to blazing yellow,
to the rare
ashen emerald,
to the orange and black velvet
of your shimmering corselet,
out to the tip
that like
an amber thorn
begins you,
small, superlative being,
you are a miracle,
and you blaze

 

From "Ode to the Hummingbird" 

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

Source: Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda, Pages: 103

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Pablo Neruda on birth, rebirth, alive, and beauty

This means that we have barely
disembarked into life,
that we’ve only just now been born,
let’s not fill our mouths
with so many uncertain names,
with so many sad labels,
with so many pompous letters,
with so much yours and mine,
with so much signing of papers.

I intend to confuse things,
to unite them, make them new-born
intermingle them, undress them,
until the light of the world
has the unity of the ocean,
a generous wholeness,
a fragrance alive and crackling.

 

From "Too Many Names" 

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

Source: Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda, Pages: 173

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Pablo Neruda on peace, poetry, and poets

Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

Source: Confieso Que He Vivido: Memorias, 1974

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Pablo Neruda on death, innocence, shame, time, and war

Perhaps this war will pass like the others which divided us leaving us dead, killing us along with the killers but the shame of this time puts its burning fingers to our faces. Who will erase the ruthlessness hidden in innocent blood?

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

Source: The Watersong Ends

Contributed by: Zaady

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