A Random Image

Jett Superior laid this on you on || November 6, 2006 || 11:40 pm

(it’s been a very Neruda week, y’all)

There’s No Forgetting (Sonata)

If you should ask me where I’ve been all this time

I have to say ‘Things happen.’

I have to dwell on stones darkening the earth,

on the river ruined in its own duration:

I know nothing save things the birds have lost,

the sea I left behind, or my sister crying.

Why this abundance of places? Why does day lock

with day? Why the dark night swilling round

in our mouths? And why the dead?

Should you ask me where I come from, I must talk, with broken things,

with fairly painful utensils,

with great beasts turned to dust as often as not

and my afflicted heart.

These are not memories that have passed each other

nor the yellowing pigeon asleep in our forgetting;

these are tearful faces

and fingers down our throats

and whatever among leaves falls to the ground:

the dark of a day gone by

grown fat on our grieving blood.

Here are violets, and here swallows,

all things we love and which inform

sweet messages seriatim

through which time passes and sweetness passes.

We don’t get far, though, beyond these teeth:

Why waste time gnawing the husk of silence?

I know not what to answer:

there are so many dead,

and so many dikes the red sun breached,

and so many heads battering hulls

and so many hands that have closed over kisses

and so many things that I want to forget.

// Pablo Neruda

3 worked it out »

  1. chris robinson 11.7.2006

    I don’t need tattoos; my face reads like a book of experience. Creases from smiling compete with worry lines and the gulleys for tears. It is possible to love a life that takes every opportunity to kick you in the ass. Thanks for the Neruda.

  2. Jettomatika 11.8.2006

    Not only can you love it, you can embrace it. Then you get one of these weeblong thingies and write about the comedic tragitude of it all.

  3. Jettomatika 11.8.2006

    (also, you’re welcome. I’m not down with his politics, but his passion is phenomenal.)


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