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One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

All in November's soaking mist ~

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Pablo Neruda was born on 12th July,1904, in Parral, Chile. His poems can be described as subtle and elegant, as well as being vigorous and original which brings focus upon themes such as nature, love, politics, and human condition. As I was going through some of Neruda's poems, I came across one that completely blew me away: 

If You Forget Me 

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
remember
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

But
if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.


Our frame of reference is the title of Neruda's poem. Choose your own form or write in free verse, if preferred. I look forward to reading what you guys come up with. Please do visit others and remember to comment on their poems. Have fun!🌻

26 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

Who can say no to (dancing with a little) Neruda, right? Thank you so much for the chance, Sanaa.

Have a fantastic Thursday, everyone!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Yayyy!πŸ’ž Thank you so much, Magaly 😊 heading over to read you!πŸ’ž☕

Sherry Marr said...

Wow! what a beautiful poem! Very inspiring!

Kim Russell said...

Thank you for sharing that wonderful poem by Neruda, Sanaa, and for hosting today.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Sherry; Thank you 😊 so glad you liked itπŸ’ž☕

@Kim; Happy Thursday 😊 heading over to read youπŸ’ž☕

brudberg said...

Will be back later... lovely poem to write from... Neruda is always inspiring.

Linda Lee Lyberg said...

Hello Sanaa! I hope it's okay that I posted my poem I wrote for another prompt back in September, about this very poem by Neruda.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Bjorn; Thank you 😊 heading over to read you now!πŸ’ž☕

@Linda; I don't usually accept previously written poems but I'll make an exception.. πŸ˜‰just this once πŸ’ž☕

Vivian Zems said...

Loving this prompt! Good job, Sanaa!

Margaret said...

I'm off to celebrate my birthday... I will visit and comment tomorrow after welcoming in my 53rd year....

Jim said...

I like this prompt, Sanaa. If I don't use it this time I might on a Tuesday. We stopped at Pablo's Valparaiso (Chile) home for about a half hour a year ago. It was rectangular in several shapes and had been turned into a musem. We and another lady had rented a taxi for the afternoon.
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Anmol (HA) said...

Thanks for hosting, Sanaa!
I went for a non-Neruda style verse — a halfway-done ghazal as a reply or perchance a question to this one. Hope that's alright. :-)

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Anmol; Ofcourse it’s alright 😊 I absolutely loved it! πŸ’ž☕️ Thank you so much for writing! 😊

@Vivian; Thank you 😊 so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’ž☕️

@Margaret; Yayyy πŸ˜„ Wishing you all the happiness in the world. Happy birthday πŸŽ‚πŸΎ

Laura Bloomsbury said...

what a poem to spur us on with Sanaa! - the title so evocative and touched a nerve though I took my own style path rather than Neruda's

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Laura; Thank you 😊 heading over to read youπŸ’ž☕

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is one of my all-time favourite poems, Sanaa. Such a lovely prompt. I will definitely be back early Saturday to attempt a suitable response. We've had a heatwave all week, and I am totally drained right now. i will read and respond in the relative cool of morning. have a lovely Friday everyone.

rallentanda said...

You have chosen a great poem. I created a cento from it which changed the entire meaning. Enjoyed writing this one.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Kerry; Thank you 😊 hope the weather is better now. Happy Friday!πŸ’ž☕

@Rall; Thanks for joining usπŸ’ž☕

Susie Clevenger said...

Such a beautiful poem. I dedicated my poem to my father who watched my mother forget him as Alzheimer's consumed her. Thank you for the prompt.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Susie; *Hugs* I am so sorry for your loss.

Kerry O'Connor said...

@Margaret, I tried to read your page, but got one of those permission denied replies from blogger. Sorry.

Margaret said...

wierd let me know if that continues... I have no idea why,.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, coming late to this party. I promised myself I would have a rest from writing to prompts, just see what would come on its own – but something made me check in on the garden today, I saw Neruda, and....

Margaret said...

Richard Hexam ... please link your specific post to Mr. Linky.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Rosemary; Thank you 😊 heading over to read youπŸ’ž☕

@Margaret; I deleted Richard's link as his poem did not comply with the rules of my prompt. 😌

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

@Margaret I too am locked out of reading your post.