Saturday, July 07, 2007

Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair...

I've been spending part of my recovery time reading. I know that I should be resting, but there is only so much that I can sleep and I hate being idle. So, I've been sipping on mint tea and relaxing to poems by Pablo Neruda. Right now I'm reading, Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair. It's amazing. His poetry is sensual and melancholy all at once; vivid and poignant.

So That You Will Hear Me
by Pablo Neruda

So that you will hear me
my words
sometimes grow thin
as the tracks of the gulls on the beaches.

Necklace, drunken bell
for your hands smooth as grapes.

And I watch my words from a long way off.
They are more yours than mine.
They climb on my old suffering like ivy.

It climbs the same way on damp walls.
You are to blame for this cruel sport.
They are fleeing from my dark lair.
You fill everything, you fill everything.

Before you they peopled the solitude that you occupy,
and they are more used to my sadness than you are.

Now I want them to say what I want to say to you
to make you hear as I want you to hear me.
The wind of anguish still hauls on them as usual.
Sometimes hurricanes of dreams still knock them over.
You listen to other voices in my painful voice.

Lament of old mouths, blood of old supplications.
Love me, companion. Don't forsake me. Follow me.
Follow me, companion, on this wave of anguish.

But my words become stained with your love.
You occupy everything, you occupy everything.

I am making them into an endless necklace
for your white hands, smooth as grapes.


Cindy said...

I love Pablo Neruda's poems...sometimes they are too painful to I have to read them over and over...

Andrew Thornton said...

I love the things that break my heart a little bit. I think that's when you know it's perfect.

Cindy said...

absolutely...and when you run out of words, too.