When I found  you

I was not searching

beautiful and wild

our lids heavy with desire

we sipped Santiago raindrops

from our cupped tongues.

Tears of salt-rose fell from my eyes

at the hour of your departure and

my heart became a  dying bird

it’s wings unfastened and open.

 

Night on the Island

by Pablo Neruda

I have slept with you
and on waking, your mouth,
come from your dream,
gave me the taste of earth,
of sea water, of seaweed,
of the depths of your life,
and I received your kiss
moistened by the dawn
as if it came to me
from the sea that surrounds us.

 

Night Music

154 thoughts on “For Pablo

  1. I love how you built such a warm romantic moment using the synergy of your voice with Neruda and the music of Zoe in the back ground. It transported Me to that special place one hopes to never leave. Beautiful Rene.

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      1. I was so inspired myself, that I broke down and ordered an anthology of Neruda’s works. Soon, I can get my daily fix of his great poetry. I was surprised to find out he was a communist politico and considered a rude fellow. When he won the Nobel Prize, they gave a wink to his difficulty and said even rude poets deserve recognition. How about that? I never knew. But, genius’ are often not known for being a people person.

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        1. Thank you Dan, that seems an accurate description of Neruda. He was highly political as a member of the communist party ( 1945) and consul general to Mexico where he associated with other political activists such as Diego Rivera. High on my list of favorites by Neruda is El Fuego, a poem that relates to his role in helping in the flight of thousands escaping Franco’s tyranny. Recently he has come under scrutiny by the Me Too movement and feminist groups in the wake of rape accusations. It seems his story is still being gathered.

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          1. You know him well, Rene. I had enjoyed his poetry but never dug into the poet. His words are captivating in a fluid and visual way. How do we reconcile the man to his words in today’s culture? He is like so many renowned figures, who were relevant to their times and places in history. Yesterday a hero and today a scoundrel. There are better judges than me to decide history’s fate.

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          2. I must seek this book out. I’m really trying hard to evolve into poetry as I have always enjoyed reading and imagining the scenes and emotional energy expressed through poetry. Even fictional story telling through poetry and ballads tell a true tale of the human psyche and experience in the period written.

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          3. Your writing delves deep into the human psyche, all of the emotions bared so brilliantly, joy and sadness, sensuality and the mystic layers of life that only the most intricate mind and heart can express. You are second to none, even Neruda. I’ve missed you. I hope you are well. 💕

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          4. Ah, Rene. You bring tears of joy to my ancient soul. I will always give my best to live up to the standard you set for me. I have been shaken awake and burning the candle at both ends with a little life change going on, hopefully for the better of my self and others. Not enough hours tho and that Gotta sleep thing forces me to pace myself. And you? How have you been. I worry about you as I see my birth state that raised me struggle with the desire for life in the age of pandemic.

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          5. My best vibes and wishes go with you dear Dan. It’s a scary world right now but one must carry on doing their best. I never dreamed I would see a pandemic and my heart goes out to all our young ones who are missing out on a lot of experiences that we took for granted at that age. It’s going to take a lot if strength to get through this. 💕

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          6. I believe you to be at the heart of our future Rene. Our youth will learn from this and the life they missed will be more precious in their thoughts. I see so many young men and women rising to the challenge at hand. 20 years from now, they will be the wisdom that carries us to the 22 century.

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          7. I’m in awe of these young nurses and Drs. During this unprecedented time they have shown such courage. Some fresh out of school. They are the future, they will be forever marked by this experience.

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          8. This is very true. In the fear of the unknown and the very real, I may be next, while putting in long hours many days, winning and losing is a capricious thing. I see the eyes of veterans who proved themselves in spite of overwhelming odds. It didn’t come down to a government decision or any government action but in the hands of the front line care takers one awful hour after another of giving all they had to give. We musn’t forget many had family at home that also needed them. I’m preaching to the choir. You are there in the midst of it. I just want you and them to know how proud I am of the sacrifice for all of us.

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          9. We found a new pandemic virus evolving in China. They just don’t give up. The Sahara dust and now hurricane season will give us another run for our money. I think it’s time for me to dig a basement under the house and relocate my bourbon collection. 😬

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          10. I was just reading about that. We can’t have basements down here , I may have to grab my tequila and head North. Like Canada. Right now we’re probably the last people they want to see. 😊

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          11. Drat! The devil virus foils us again. I just read where Americans are barred from traveling to the EU because we are naughty careless virus spreaders. Imagine, us a pariah. 😟

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          12. I’m very rabid about mask wearing. I won’t hesitate to raise hell with anyone not wearing one in public places. Face coverings are easier to wear than ventilators and these arrogant people can wipe out an entire floor of medical personnel with their thoughtless behavior.

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          13. I know! They just don’t get it. They have no capacity to understand social responsibility in the worst medical crisis we have faced in 4 generations. The real zombies in the zombie apocalypse have identified themselves by their mindless behavior.

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  2. This was absolutely delicious for all the senses, Rene.
    I agree with Resa (and all the others that followed)
    You and Pablo are on par with each other.
    Lovely version of Besame Mucho to go with…
    Delicious…

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      1. No way in hell is he rolling over. He is acknowledging that you are on par with him!
        You are an amazing poet. I admire your ability – you have no idea just how much.
        Sending hugs back! 🤗

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    1. Thank you Charlie. WP is keeping us apart. Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment. I will be over to ck out your new work. Your blog has disappeared from my reader and mail. 😊🌸

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