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The Chilean Miners

14 Oct

They are out! It must have seemed like a lifetime, but those 33 brave men are being rescued. And what a grueling ordeal it must have been–not seeing light, family, not even knowing if you were going to survive. But slowly but surely, they were taken out from so far underground. And they were all united in friendship.  It must be paradisiacal for them. The friendship part is a huge lesson that we all need to learn. We need to all be united.

Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet. And I must say, a brilliant one. Here is one of his poems, entitled “Poetry.” If anyone reading this blog would like to see it in its original language (Spanish), I will gladly post it.

POETRY 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,
deciphering
that fire,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open,
planets,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likeness, image of
mystery,
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.

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