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A Song Of Despair

Rating: 3.6

The memory of you emerges from the night around me.
The river mingles its stubborn lament with the sea.

Deserted like the wharves at dawn.
It is the hour of departure, oh deserted one!

Cold flower heads are raining over my heart.
Oh pit of debris, fierce cave of the shipwrecked.

In you the wars and the flights accumulated.

From you the wings of the song birds rose.
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Kay Staley 26 August 2014

How nice. Its utterly sad that Pablo Neruda never learned to rhyme. Poems like his could have been memorized and truly remembered if he had any rhyme scheme at all. His writings are fun to read, but at soon as they are finished, all but the idea of them slips out of your head...with none of his beautiful left to remain. The drastical language and ironicness of the writing style is what keeps this poem in print.

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Sylva Portoian 17 June 2012

I don't believe poems can be translated... As...I do repeat Every language has a soul... Noone can enter every soul...!

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Jean Dament 16 September 2009

This is a beautiful piece expressing great loss well, by a very gifted poet.

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Amanda Laurent 27 October 2012

My favorite line - Cemetery of kisses, there is still fire in your tombs Such power in the imagery he employs. He holds nothing back with regards to the deepest emotions.

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Alex Webb 07 January 2009

This is a good'n. lol Marco, I'm glad you caught that.

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Kessa 06 November 2019

A Waterfall of tears scapes through the windows of my soul. A heartwrenching poem but a must keep

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pablo 26 February 2019

si sabe como escribir muy buenas canciones o que dicien _ he knows how to write the best poems and song don't he

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Unnikrishnan E S 08 October 2018

If a translation is this sagacious and tormenting, what what would the original Spanish poem would do, If only I could read Spanish!

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Leela chatterjee 11 July 2018

A song of despair. He feels abandoned at the time of departure.

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Frank_Arado 03 May 2018

You still flowered in songs, you still brike the currents Its broke, you still broke the currents

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