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Nothing But Death - Poem by Pablo Neruda

There are cemeteries that are lonely,
graves full of bones that do not make a sound,
the heart moving through a tunnel,
in it darkness, darkness, darkness,
like a shipwreck we die going into ourselves,
as though we were drowning inside our hearts,
as though we lived falling out of the skin into the soul.

And there are corpses,
feet made of cold and sticky clay,
death is inside the bones,
like a barking where there are no dogs,
coming out from bells somewhere, from graves somewhere,
growing in the damp air like tears of rain.

Sometimes I see alone
coffins under sail,
embarking with the pale dead, with women that have dead hair,
with bakers who are as white as angels,
and pensive young girls married to notary publics,
caskets sailing up the vertical river of the dead,
the river of dark purple,
moving upstream with sails filled out by the sound of death,
filled by the sound of death which is silence.

Death arrives among all that sound
like a shoe with no foot in it, like a suit with no man in it,
comes and knocks, using a ring with no stone in it, with no
finger in it,
comes and shouts with no mouth, with no tongue, with no
throat.
Nevertheless its steps can be heard
and its clothing makes a hushed sound, like a tree.

I'm not sure, I understand only a little, I can hardly see,
but it seems to me that its singing has the color of damp violets,
of violets that are at home in the earth,
because the face of death is green,
and the look death gives is green,
with the penetrating dampness of a violet leaf
and the somber color of embittered winter.

But death also goes through the world dressed as a broom,
lapping the floor, looking for dead bodies,
death is inside the broom,
the broom is the tongue of death looking for corpses,
it is the needle of death looking for thread.

Death is inside the folding cots:
it spends its life sleeping on the slow mattresses,
in the black blankets, and suddenly breathes out:
it blows out a mournful sound that swells the sheets,
and the beds go sailing toward a port
where death is waiting, dressed like an admiral.


Translated by Robert Bly


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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  4. 4. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  8. 8. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  10. 10. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  11. 11. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  14. 14. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  15. 15. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  16. 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  19. 19. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  21. 21. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  22. 22. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  23. 23. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  25. 25. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  26. 26. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  27. 27. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  28. 28. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  29. 29. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  30. 30. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  31. 31. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  32. 32. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  33. 33. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  34. 34. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  35. 35. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  36. 36. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  37. 37. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  38. 38. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  39. 39. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  40. 40. Death , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  42. 42. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  43. 43. Death , Heinrich Heine
  44. 44. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  45. 45. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  46. 46. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  47. 47. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  48. 48. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  49. 49. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  50. 50. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
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