poet Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

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What Spain Was Like

Spain was a taut, dry drum-head
Daily beating a dull thud
Flatlands and eagle's nest
Silence lashed by the storm.
How much, to the point of weeping, in my soul
I love your hard soil, your poor bread,
Your poor people, how much in the deep place
Of my being there is still the lost flower
Of your wrinkled villages, motionless in time
And your metallic meadows
Stretched out in the moonlight through the ages,
Now devoured by a false god.

All your confinement, your animal isolation
While you are still conscious
Surrounded by the abstract stones of silence,
Your rough wine, your smooth wine
Your violent and dangerous vineyards.

Solar stone, pure among the regions
Of the world, Spain streaked
With blood and metal, blue and victorious
Proletarian Spain, made of petals and bullets
Unique, alive, asleep - resounding.

Poem Submitted: Monday, March 22, 2010

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/19/2020 4:45:00 PM)

    With blood and metal, blue and victorious
    Proletarian Spain, made of petals and bullets
    Unique, alive, asleep - resounding. very fine poem. tony

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  • Hebert Logerie Sr.Hebert Logerie Sr. (1/10/2020 2:02:00 PM)

    Pablo Neruba was a poet, a diplomat from Chile, who opposed the dictator, crazy Pinochet.

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  • Hebert Logerie Sr.Hebert Logerie Sr. (1/10/2020 2:00:00 PM)

    Poets, Do No Give Up

    Poets, do not give up
    Whatever you write
    Whatever you spit out
    A genius will be up
    To it somewhere. Someone
    Will understand the tone
    Of your voice, the hieroglyph
    Of your thoughts and the myth
    Of your vision and your wit

    P.S. In memory of the great Poet Pablo Neruba.

    Copyright © January 2020, Hébert Logerie, All rights reserved.
    Hébert Logerie is the author of several poetry collections.
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  • Dominic Windram (1/10/2020 2:49:00 AM)

    Neruda employs stunning surreal imagery to describe the duelling natures of the Spanish Civil War.

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    Denis Mair(1/10/2020 10:27:00 AM)

    Thanks for your concise, excellent interpretation.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (1/10/2020 12:36:00 AM)

    Proletarian Spain, made of petals and bullets
    Unique, alive, asleep - resounding.../// wondering me

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (11/17/2015 12:33:00 AM)

    I just traveled Spain - he loves Spain like he loves women- -intimately and to the depth of the soul

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  • Sally Plumb Plumb (10/1/2010 12:03:00 PM)

    A man who knew and loved his country.

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    Max Carter-Mazak(8/5/2018 7:30:00 AM)

    He isn't even Spanish but yep

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