Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

Brown And Agile Child - Poem by Pablo Neruda

Brown and agile child, the sun which forms the fruit
And ripens the grain and twists the seaweed
Has made your happy body and your luminous eyes
And given your mouth the smile of water.

A black and anguished sun is entangled in the twigs
Of your black mane when you hold out your arms.
You play in the sun as in a tidal river
And it leaves two dark pools in your eyes.

Brown and agile child, nothing draws me to you,
Everything pulls away from me here in the noon.
You are the delirious youth of bee,
The drunkedness of the wave, the power of the wheat.

My somber heart seeks you always
I love your happy body, your rich, soft voice.
Dusky butterfly, sweet and sure
Like the wheatfiled, the sun, the poppy, and the water.


Comments about Brown And Agile Child by Pablo Neruda

  • (1/5/2019 11:20:00 PM)

    A marvelously penned profound poem rich in rhyme and rhythm too. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/24/2018 9:17:00 PM)

    What can I write, words fail me when I read..

    You are the delirious youth of bee,
    The drunkedness of the wave, the power of the wheat.

    So powerful metaphors
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  • (11/24/2018 9:15:00 PM)

    Wow! Neruda, the God love, God of all Gods!

    Brown and agile child, the sun which forms the fruit
    And ripens the grain and twists the seaweed
    Has made your happy body and your luminous eyes
    And given your mouth the smile of water.

    The smile of water! ! !
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  • Indira Renganathan (10/25/2016 8:49:00 AM)

    Very humane and touching poem- 10 (Report)Reply

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  • (8/12/2015 10:05:00 PM)

    A perfect poem to quote for the blessing at my niece's wedding. I still remember it from Jackson Brown's record long ago... (Report)Reply

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  • Captain Herbert Poetry (4/27/2014 1:17:00 PM)

    A poem of natural nurturing the child. Eminently excellent (Report)Reply

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  • Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:27:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report)Reply

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  • john tiong chunghoo (7/1/2006 3:54:00 AM)

    Brown and agile child, nothing draws me to you,

    this line is contradictory to the poem pablo. otherwise, beautiful.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 3, 2011


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