Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

Bird - Poem by Pablo Neruda

It was passed from one bird to another,
the whole gift of the day.
The day went from flute to flute,
went dressed in vegetation,
in flights which opened a tunnel
through the wind would pass
to where birds were breaking open
the dense blue air -
and there, night came in.

When I returned from so many journeys,
I stayed suspended and green
between sun and geography -
I saw how wings worked,
how perfumes are transmitted
by feathery telegraph,
and from above I saw the path,
the springs and the roof tiles,
the fishermen at their trades,
the trousers of the foam;
I saw it all from my green sky.
I had no more alphabet
than the swallows in their courses,
the tiny, shining water
of the small bird on fire
which dances out of the pollen.


Comments about Bird by Pablo Neruda

  • (1/5/2019 11:51:00 PM)

    dear poet the bird it creates a lot of poems that is a nice poem thanks (Report)Reply

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  • (1/5/2019 11:16:00 PM)

    Fantastic style of narration as also observations and their presentation. Simply great. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (1/5/2019 10:53:00 PM)

    great feelings- poetic wings flatter and fly every near to far, far too far, world round tiny ball, return to same destination same, same dying everywhere../// beautiful poem (Report)Reply

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  • Mr Salte (1/5/2019 5:00:00 PM)

    we are beautiful birds.we do sing and clap our feathers (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (1/5/2019 2:31:00 PM)

    The great Neruda............wonderful. tony (Report)Reply

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  • S H (1/5/2019 12:19:00 PM)

    Change of place and hands to depict the life's values (Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (1/5/2019 11:54:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem penned by one of the greatest poets admired by one and all. (Report)Reply

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  • Khairul Ahsan (1/5/2019 7:16:00 AM)

    'I stayed suspended and green
    between sun and geography -
    I saw how wings worked,
    how perfumes are transmitted
    by feathery telegraph' - Excellent imagination and narration!
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/5/2019 6:04:00 AM)

    Simply awesome drop from a great poet. Loved it. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/5/2019 3:02:00 AM)

    Passed from one to another!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Adrian Flett (1/5/2019 3:00:00 AM)

    'the trousers of the foam; ' So many deep and meaningful descriptions in this poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/5/2019 2:25:00 AM)

    A bird's eye view, how humans look like from the sky while doing their actions, to get into someone and write about what it feels is something great and special, Pablo is a fantastic observer. (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (1/5/2019 1:26:00 AM)

    True magnificent Poem seen from the eyes and mind of a BIRD. Congratulations on being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day. Especially for the family. I have enjoyed a very lot this tiny gem. Bravo, Pablo Neruda! (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/5/2019 1:18:00 AM)

    A wonderful write by Pablo Neruda......... (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (1/5/2019 12:52:00 AM)

    A survey of human activities through the eye of a bird flying in the air of Nature is composed in a simple way simply enthuses heart! (Report)Reply

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  • (1/22/2018 6:17:00 AM)

    I like this poem .it is.very heart touching (Report)Reply

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  • Indira Renganathan (11/1/2016 10:00:00 AM)

    nicely observing the bird himself soars high in imagination like a bird to watch all down like a bird...Pablo's another master piece-10 (Report)Reply

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  • Augustus Billy Mutebesi (8/10/2016 1:35:00 AM)

    I saw how wings worked! (Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/24/2015 5:14:00 AM)

    Pablo Neruda was a poet acutely aware of the dynamic of symbols that help redefine the world around us and our place in it, and his poems often sought to resolve the separation between the self and the natural world. Referencing the elements of earth, air, water, and fire in stunning language, Neruda’s poems are passionately evocative, like the opening stanza of ''Bird''.. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/9/2014 3:25:00 AM)

    he want to fly in the skkkkkkkyyyyyyy (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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