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Drunk As Drunk

Rating: 3.5
Translated from the Spanish by Christopher Logue

Drunk as drunk on turpentine
From your open kisses,
Your wet body wedged
Between my wet body and the strake
Of our boat that is made of flowers,
Feasted, we guide it - our fingers
Like tallows adorned with yellow metal -
Over the sky's hot rim,
The day's last breath in our sails.

Pinned by the sun between solstice
And equinox, drowsy and tangled together
We drifted for months and woke
With the bitter taste of land on our lips,
Eyelids all sticky, and we longed for lime
And the sound of a rope
Lowering a bucket down its well. Then,
We came by night to the Fortunate Isles,
And lay like fish
Under the net of our kisses.
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COMMENTS
Nafis Shadhin 03 July 2020
I always like poem of pablo neruda. this poem is also a milestone of love and sorrow. Nice to reas.
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Sanjibsaha Aniketa 22 December 2019
We came by night to the Fortunate Isles, And lay like fish Under the net of our kisses...... Lovely poem
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Navod Dilhara 29 November 2019
Great and brimful of heart touching sense.
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Unnikrishnan E S 25 November 2018
Exquisitely crafted poem, so sensual.
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A beautifully crafted write that delights all.
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Thomas Case 19 November 2016
stunning....powerful, and full of heart-sick love
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Thomas Case 17 May 2016
Beautiful...Neruda captures love's magic.
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Kim Barney 09 February 2015
To John Richter: Neruda's poetry in the original Spanish must be better than this translation. I haven't read much of his work, but I agree, this poem is not all that great. As of this writing, the 232 people who have voted so far have only scored it a 6.9 out of ten. That would be a D+ in my class if I were still teaching school!
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John Richter 09 February 2015
I don't understand Neruda - nor why he is so popular. Perhaps the same reason mine is not. I know what a rope sounds like when it is lowered into a well. The rest of this poem is beyond my understanding.
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Brian Jani 27 April 2014
Awesome I like this poem, check mine out 
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