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.)
“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