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

  • Luis Estable (8/21/2019 4:58:00 PM)

    I marvel at the nature language so well utilized here.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/21/2019 12:55:00 PM)

    You are the delirious youth of bee,
    The drunkedness of the wave, the power of the wheat. Wonderful expressions. of Pablo(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (8/21/2019 9:59:00 AM)

    Muse of a child! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (8/21/2019 7:43:00 AM)

    Excellent poem with lovely images. Nothing draws me to you.....I wish I could understand Pablo’s thought behind it. Or is it a typo.(Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (8/21/2019 2:36:00 AM)

    Neruda could be quoted anytime anywhere as from this I also quote to know my liking.....
    You are the delirious youth of bee,
    The drunkedness of the wave, the power of the wheat.......................

    Nice to have the chance of reading.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/21/2019 1:50:00 AM)

    You are the delirious youth of bee,
    The drunkedness of the wave, the power of the wheat./// wow great poetic experssion(Report)Reply

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  • Duganijo Duganijo (8/21/2019 12:46:00 AM)

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  • Duganijo Duganijo (8/21/2019 12:46:00 AM)

    I get paid over $426 1 to 2 hours working from home with 2 kids at home. I never thought I'd be able to do it but my best friend earns over $28k a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The potential with this is endless. Heres what I've been doing...... HERE☛ ­­ www.amazon78.com ★★★COPY THIS SITE★★(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (1/5/2019 11:20:00 PM)

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

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (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(Report)Reply

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (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! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (10/25/2016 8:49:00 AM)

    Very humane and touching poem- 10(Report)Reply

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  • Steven Avitabile (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 PoetryCaptain 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 JaniBrian Jani (4/27/2014 2:27:00 AM)

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

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  • john tiong chunghoojohn 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.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 3, 2011