Sunday, December 12, 2010

Luminous mind, bright devil

Luminous mind, bright devil
of absolute clusterings, of upright noon...:
here we are at last, alone, without loneliness,
far from the savage city's delirium.

Just as a pure line describes the dove's curve,
as the fire honors and nourishes peace,
so you and I made this heavenly outcome.
The mind and love live naked in this house.

Furious dreams, rivers of bitter certainty,
decisions harder than the dreams of a hammer
flowed into the lover's double cup,

until those twins were lifted into balance
on the scale: the mind and love, like two wings.
---So this transparency was built.

Pablo Neruda


  1. I love Pablo Neruda's poetry... love the photo is that your lovely art? quite stunning.


    Mt. Hood Timberline Lodge, Government Camp, OR 97041 is approximately 80 miles, very close to Portland easy commute .

  2. Oops! sorry Teri it is less then 80 miles just checked just a little over 60 miles to Mt Hood,

    We are surrounded by Mts & volcanoes here in the Pacific North West,


  3. Superb vases! Are they Japanese? Neruda's poetry is exceptional, like always.

  4. smiles....recently came across pablo and really enjoy his verse...

  5. This is a beautiful poem. Next ween (starting Sunday) I am going to be hosting a poetry week and inviting people to write poetry as well. I hope you will join, Teri.

  6. A perfect photo for a wonderful poem....

  7. Joanny--No, not my art. I took this photo in Mendocino while visiting last year. Aren't they wonderful?

    AubrieAnne--Just let me know. I will check it out and probably join you. Thanks for the invitation!

    Traveling Hawk--Yes, I think that they are Japanese, however, I am not totally certain. I did not go inside the store and find out about them. I just took pictures of what I found interesting from the outside. It was a gorgeous, sunny day last April and we spent the entire day almost walking around the town. I, of course, had my camera with me. It is my constant companion.

    Joanny--I am quite familiar with Oregon. We used to live just over the border in Siskiyou County, Calif. and traveled to Oregon quite a lot. I have a friend in Ashland and we have spent many vacations in that area also (Coos Bay, Bend, Lincoln City, Neskowin, etc.) Love that state!


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