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The Wide Ocean - Poem by Pablo Neruda

Ocean, if you were to give, a measure, a ferment, a fruit
of your gifts and destructions, into my hand,
I would choose your far-off repose, your contour of steel,
your vigilant spaces of air and darkness,
and the power of your white tongue,
that shatters and overthrows columns,
breaking them down to your proper purity.

Not the final breaker, heavy with brine,
that thunders onshore, and creates
the silence of sand, that encircles the world,
but the inner spaces of force,
the naked power of the waters,
the immoveable solitude, brimming with lives.
It is Time perhaps, or the vessel filled
with all motion, pure Oneness,
that death cannot touch, the visceral green
of consuming totality.

Only a salt kiss remains of the drowned arm,
that lifts a spray: a humid scent,
of the damp flower, is left,
from the bodies of men. Your energies
form, in a trickle that is not spent,
form, in retreat into silence.

The falling wave,
arch of identity, shattering feathers,
is only spume when it clears,
and returns to its source, unconsumed.

Your whole force heads for its origin.
The husks that your load threshes,
are only the crushed, plundered, deliveries,
that your act of abundance expelled,
all those that take life from your branches.

Your form extends beyond breakers,
vibrant, and rhythmic, like the chest, cloaking
a single being, and its breathings,
that lift into the content of light,
plains raised above waves,
forming the naked surface of earth.
You fill your true self with your substance.
You overflow curve with silence.

The vessel trembles with your salt and sweetness,
the universal cavern of waters,
and nothing is lost from you, as it is
from the desolate crater, or the bay of a hill,
those empty heights, signs, scars,
guarding the wounded air.

Your petals throbbing against the Earth,
trembling your submarine harvests,
your menace thickening the smooth swell,
with pulsations and swarming of schools,
and only the thread of the net raises
the dead lightning of fish-scale,
one wounded millimetre, in the space
of your crystal completeness.

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    A well written ode to the ocean. Very imaginative. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Ocean

  1. 1. The Wide Ocean , Pablo Neruda
  2. 2. The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean , Robinson Jeffers
  3. 3. An Ocean Within (A Poem For My Father, P.. , Sameer Ahmed
  4. 4. Had Ocean Been My Confidant , Naseer Ahmed Nasir
  5. 5. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  6. 6. The Old Women Of The Ocean , Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. July Fourth By The Ocean , Robinson Jeffers
  8. 8. Sonnet I: Unto The Boundless Ocean , Samuel Daniel
  9. 9. Ocean Of Forms , Rabindranath Tagore
  10. 10. Out Of The Rolling Ocean, The Crowd , Walt Whitman
  11. 11. *i'M Your Blue Ocean , Marieta Maglas
  12. 12. Sorrowful Ocean , Hasmukhlal Amathalallal
  13. 13. The Ocean , Victoria Hughes
  14. 14. *far Away On Ocean Dreams... , Vaibhav Pandey
  15. 15. As In The Globe Embraced By Ocean , Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev
  16. 16. *ocean Revery , Ben Gieske
  17. 17. I'M The Ocean, You'Re The Sky , .Pd. is here
  18. 18. ' ' ' ' ' Stealing An Ocean , Dónall Dempsey
  19. 19. Ocean Poem , Claire Page
  20. 20. The Ocean Said To Me Once, , Stephen Crane
  21. 21. Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish. , Edward Young
  22. 22. Blue Like The Ocean , Ency Bearis
  23. 23. (g) 3 (Biographical) The Ocean Paradox , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  24. 24. A Sailor Return To An Ocean , Ahmad Shiddiqi
  25. 25. Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish.* , Edward Young
  26. 26. She Wore Watercolors Into The Ocean , s./j. goldner
  27. 27. To Cruel Ocean , Victor Marie Hugo
  28. 28. The Ocean , Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
  29. 29. An Ocean Of Love , Lovelyn Layon
  30. 30. The Ocean , Felicia Dorothea Hemans
  31. 31. *ocean* , swagathnath rajeswari
  32. 32. Beneath The Ocean , Dee Daffodil
  33. 33. Ocean Of Memories.... , Leila Kay
  34. 34. ! ! Ocean Of Verse Part I! , Rema Prasanaa
  35. 35. ! ! Ocean Of Verse Part Ii! , Rema Prasanaa
  36. 36. *ocean Waves On Ocean Rocks In Ocean Air , Kale Beaudry
  37. 37. Sonnet To Ocean , Thomas Hood
  38. 38. Pearl Of The Ocean , Aldo Kraas
  39. 39. Your Like A Ocean , clayton moore
  40. 40. The Ocean , Aly Churchill
  41. 41. Gangetic Dolphin Goes To The Ocean , Harun Al Nasif
  42. 42. A Short Poem Written At The Moment When .. , Du Fu
  43. 43. It's Like Shooting Fish In A Barrel Call.. , Joe Rosochacki
  44. 44. ! ! ! Mother - Ocean Of Love , Rema Prasanaa
  45. 45. Ocean Breakers , Lonnie Hicks
  46. 46. The Mistic Ocean , John Kim
  47. 47. Ocean Is As One With The World , Izabelle Sheridan
  48. 48. An Ocean Apart , Tango Tango
  49. 49. Your Mind's Ocean , Allen Steble
  50. 50. ! ! Ocean Of Poems Part Iii! ! , Rema Prasanaa
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