Friday Poem

The Son

Ah son, do you know, do you know
where you come from?

From a lake with white
and hungry gulls.

Next to the water of winter
she and I raised
a red bonfire
wearing out our lips
from kissing each other’s souls,
casting all into the fire,
burning our lives.

That’s how you came into the world.

But she, to see me
and to see you, one day
crossed the seas
and I, to clasp, her tiny waist,
walked all the earth,
with wars and mountains,
with sands and thorns.

That’s how you came into the world.

You come from so many places,
from the water and the earth,
from the fire and the snow,
from so far away you journey
toward the two of us,
from the terrible love
that has enchained us,
that we want to know
what you’re like what you say to us
because you know more
about the world we gave you.

Like a great storm
we shook
the tree of life
down to the hiddenmost
fibers of the roots
and you appear now
singing in the foliage,
in the highest branch
that with you we reach

by Pablo Neruda
from
The Captain’s Verses

New Directions Books, 1972
Translation: Donald D. Walsh

Original Spanish at “Read More”

The son

Oh son, you know, you know
where you come from?

Of a lake with seagulls
white and hungry.

By the winter water
she and I raised
a red campfire
wasting our lips
to kiss our souls,
throwing everything into the fire,
burning our lives.

This is how you came into the world.

But she to see me
and to see you one day
crossed the seas
and me to hug
her small waist
all the earth I walked,
with wars and mountains,
with sands and thorns.
This is how you came into the world.

You come from so many places
of water and land,
from fire and snow,
you walk so far
towards the two of us,
from terrible love
that has chained us,
what do we want to know
how are you, what do you tell us,
because you know more
of the world that we gave you.

Like a great storm
we shake
The Tree of Life
even the most hidden
root fibers
and you appear now
singing in the foliage,
in the highest branch
that with you we reach.




The article from the source

Tags

Related Articles

Back to top button
Close