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Monday, March 21, 2005


Ever seen the blue gray sky and found yourself filled with a strange sensation. I cant describe it. If you have felt it you would know it. Makes you feel "Blue". Not depressed nor sad, just "Blue". Its not the powder blue. Its the blue before it rains. Its the blue that has hues of silver. Its the blue that goes best with the chilly wind. Reminder that there is so much beyond your reach and comprehension. That your soul seeks to be free like the wind. It seeks to wander like the clouds. Like there would be a downpour and it would just wash away your physical being.

Anyway, here is a poem by Pablo Neruda


And it was at that age...Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
that fire
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
and open,
palpitating planations,
shadow perforated,
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesmal being,
drunk with the great starry
likeness, image of
I felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke free on the open sky.


  • I love the imagery in his words...
    ... have you read saddest Poem ?

    Originally @ Mar 23, 2005 17:01 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:04 PM  

  • Oh I love that one. I was actually debating whether to post that one or this one.. but I thought Ill save that one for a different state of mind :-)

    Originally @ Mar 23, 2005 17:52 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:05 PM  

  • Raga,
    Sting and co's rendition of all these poems of pablo neruda from the movie "Il Postino" are fabulous...just as the movie itself!

    Originally @ Mar 24, 2005 08:24 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:05 PM  

  • Il Postino was a superb movie. I hadn't heard of Pablo Neruda till then, and that movie ensured that this was not the last I would hear of him

    Originally @ Mar 24, 2005 10:31 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:05 PM  

  • Interestingly the movie was not directed by an Italian. Its a Michael Redford (who incidentally was born in New Delhi ) movie (who also directed Merchant of Venice this year) which completely threw me off guard when I found out.....

    Originally @ Mar 24, 2005 11:56 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:06 PM  

  • Thought you might like this Neruda poem...
    http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/ poems/422.html
    it is probably the most intense raw expression of emotion I have ever read

    Originally @ Apr 09, 2005 23:16 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:06 PM  

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