Pablo Neruda Ode Poems

1.
Ode To Sadness

Sadness, scarab
with seven crippled feet,
spiderweb egg,
scramble-brained rat,
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2.
Ode To Wine

Day-colored wine,
night-colored wine,
wine with purple feet
or wine with topaz blood,
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3.
Ode To The Book

When I close a book
I open life.
I hear
faltering cries
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4.
Ode To Salt

This salt
in the salt cellar
I once saw in the salt mines.
I know
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5.
Ode To A Large Tuna In The Market

Among the market greens,
a bullet
from the ocean
depths,
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6.
Ode To Maize

America, from a grain
of maize you grew
to crown
with spacious lands
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7.
Ode To Broken Things

Things get broken
at home
like they were pushed
by an invisible, deliberate smasher.
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8.
Ode To My Socks

Mara Mori brought me
a pair of socks
which she knitted herself
with her sheepherder's hands,
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9.
Ode To The Artichoke

The artichoke
With a tender heart
Dressed up like a warrior,
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10.
Ode To Bird Watching

Now
Let's look for birds!
The tall iron branches
in the forest,
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11.
Ode To Tomatoes

The street
filled with tomatoes
midday,
summer,
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12.
Ode To Clothes

Every morning you wait,
clothes, over a chair,
to fill yourself with
my vanity, my love,
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13.
Ode To The Cat

The animals were imperfect,
long-tailed,
unfortunate in their heads.
Little by little they
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14.
Ode to Hope

Oceanic dawn
at the center
of my life,
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15.
Ode To Age

I don't believe in age.
All old people
carry
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16.
Ode To Ironing

Poetry is white:
it comes from water swathed in drops,
it wrinkles and gathers,
this planet's skin has to spread out,
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