Thursday, September 24, 2009

I'm aware of the earth's skin


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I'm aware of the earth's skin
and I know that it doesn't have a name.
 
When I lived with the roots
I liked them more than the flowers,
and when I talked with a stone
it rang like a bell.
 
The spring is so long
that is lasts all winter:
time lost its shoes:
a year contains four centuries.
 
When I sleep all these nights,
what am I named or not named?
And when I wake up who am I
if I wasn't I when I slept?
 
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.
 
~ Pablo Neruda

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