Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Day 431: Autumn Returns


#Pablo Neruda was trending yesterday on Twitter (It was the anniversary of his death). He is such a popular poet, there are even countless websites dedicated to him. (But very hard to find the texts of his poems online). 

I can't say I'm a huge fan of his, but I love how he uses language, almost like he's painting with it, reeling in its feel and meaning and sensual abilities. Here he is with a meditation on the season:

Autumn Returns - Pablo Neruda

A day in mourning falls from the bells
like a trembling cloth of vague life,
it's a color, a dream
of cherries sunk into the earth,
it's a tail of smoke that arrives without rest
to change the color of the water and the kisses.

I don't know if you understand me: When night
        approaches
from the heights, when the solitary poet
at the window hears the steed of autumn running
and the leaves of trampled fear rustling in his arteries,
there is something over the sky, like the tongue
of thick oxen, something in the doubt of the sky and
        the atmosphere.

Things return to their place:
the indispensable lawyer, hands, oil,
the bottles,
all the signs of life: beds, above all,
are full of bloody liquid,
people deposit their confidences in sordid ears,
assassins descend stairs,
but it's not that, it's the old gallop,
the horse of old autumn who trembles and endures.

The horse of old autumn has a red beard
and the foam of fear covers his cheeks
and the air that follos him has the form of an ocean
and the smell of vagur buried rot.
Everyday and ashen color descends from the sky
which the doves must spread over the earth:
the rope woven by oblivion and tears,
time, which has slept long years inside the bells,
everything,
the old suits all bitten, the women who see the snow
coming,
the black poppies that no one can contemplate without
        dying,
everything falls to these hands I raise up
in the midst of rain.

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