Posted by: ktzefr | April 3, 2017

Poems by the Sea…

A poem a day

keeps the doctor away –

like autumn apples

Apples are good for the body; poetry is good for the soul.  This week, in honor of National Poetry Month, I’ve selected a few passages from the poems of Pablo Neruda.  His favorite place was his house by the sea at Isla Negra, and all of the poems this week are about the sea.  I’ve chosen photos of some of my own special places by the sea to go along with them.  (Follow the link at the bottom of the page to read the entire poem.)

St. John, US Virgin Islands National Park; Photo:KFawcett

“I need the sea because it teaches me.

I don’t know if I learn music or awareness,

if it’s a single wave or its vast existence,

or only its harsh voice or its shining

suggestion of fishes and ships.

The fact is that until I fall asleep,

in some magnetic way I move in

the university of the waves.”


“Necesito del mar porque me enseña:

no sé si aprendo música o conciencia:

no sé si es ola sola o ser profundo

o sólo ronca voz o deslumbrante

suposición de peces y navios.

El hecho es que hasta cuando estoy dormido

de algún modo magnético circulo

en la Universidad del oleaje.”


From “The Sea”/“El Mar” by Pablo Neruda



  1. Thank you, Allene.

    Ellen Rice


    Celebrating American Creativity for 18 Years

    One of “10 Must-See Galleries and Museums in Delaware” — The Culture Trip 2016

    “One of Delaware’s 10 Most Collectible Artists” — Delaware Beach Life

    Best Artist 2016 & 2015 — Coastal Style Magazine

    PNC Bank Artist of the Year 2014

    Located on ocean block in beautiful downtown Bethany Beach, Delaware

    Mailing Address: 30124 Territory Trail Ocean View, DE 19970

    302-539-3405 (gallery) 302-542-4557 (studio/office)


    • Hi Ellen…I assume someone named Allene sent you this link. In any case, thanks for reading! And I do love your shop at the beach. 🙂

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