May 2, 2009

Sonnet XXXIV (You Are The Daughter of the Sea)

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--Description: 20th C, Neruda P., Love, Nature, Sonnet--

You are the daughter of the sea, oregano's first cousin.
Swimmer, your body is pure as the water;
cook, your blood is quick as the soil.
Everything you do is full of flowers, rich with the earth.

Your eyes go out toward the water, and the waves rise;
your hands go out to the earth and the seeds swell;
you know the deep essence of water and the earth,
conjoined in you like a formula for clay.

Naiad: cut your body into turquoise pieces,
they will bloom resurrected in the kitchen.
This is how you become everything that lives.

And so at last, you sleep, in the circle of my arms
that push back the shadows so that you can rest--
vegetables, seaweed, herbs: the foam of your dreams.

Pablo Neruda

--Did You Know: A documentary film is in production on Neruda's life, times, and poetry, Pablo Neruda: The Poet's Calling, directed by Mexican director Carlos Bolado and Mark Eisner, narrated by singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega.

--Word of the Day: somnolent \SOM-nuh-luhnt\, adjective
Meaning: 1. Sleepy; drowsy; inclined to sleep. 2. Tending to cause sleepiness or drowsiness.
Example: In his case, restrained ultimately meant boring, as the audience was lulled into a somnolent state.
(Teresa Wiltz, "The Hip, the Flip, the Flop", Washington Post, March 3, 2000)

--Quote of the Day: The more familiar two people become, the more the language they speak together departs from that of the ordinary, dictionary-defined discourse. Familiarity creates a new language, an in-house language of intimacy that carries reference to the story the two lovers are weaving together and that cannot be readily understood by others.

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