Monday, July 11, 2005

The saddest lines

This is a translation of an excerpt from a Pablo Neruda poem, composed into a song by Sixpence None the Richer. Neruda's words are haunting, even in translation, and I think the band did justice to the poem, too. Neruda may well be the only reason to learn Spanish in earnest...

The night wind whirls in the sky and sings
To hear the immense night, still more immense without her
And the verse falls to the soul
like dew to the pasture
Tonight I can write the saddest lines,
The saddest lines about her.

9 comments:

geminian said...

PABLO NERUDA and ofcourse PoDM makes me want to learn Spanish so that I can read their work as intended.

There is no greater pain than to remember happy days in days of sadness. What do u say d?

Col said...

http://www.poemhunter.com/pablo-neruda/poet-6638/
You can find NeftalĂ­ Ricardo Reyes Basoalto's poems and more.
Ciao

devikamenon said...

True, geminian.
Thanks, Col..i know the link you speak of. Isn't it ironic that someone like Neruda would adopt a name that wasn't even his own?

Anonymous said...

hmmm.
Unlike embracing restlessness, embracing a pseudo name is not occupying a political space. Or so I think...
Reasons abound.
After all ones name is the least private part of a person...

Anonymous said...

"In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." O W

Uncle Oscar still talks to me (thankfully) and I think he is so bloody right. Wonder why he didn't take up a moniker eh?

GGB (again)

Col said...

Devika,
Its the other way around Ricardo adopted the name.He is not even Pablo nor Neruda. Well from what I know his family did not like his writing ambition and he had to adopt it while he was writing for a local magazine.Which he later took on legally.

Geminian; Remembering Happy days during sad days always strengthen me because then it gives me hope and assurance that what was... can always become what will be maybe better.Hope for the best G.
Ciao!!

devikamenon said...

Colin!
I KNOW. I happen to have read about Pablo Neruda. But thanks.

Geminian said...

Col!
Its always good to have an optimistic approach
All the Best Col ("Thumbs up").

2015130119 said...

I just don't get it, what do you see there?

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