to his overflowing trough
of word honey

to his heart
with plant love
animal love
earth love

a reign of tears


the trajectory of reading
eyes moved
from black symbols
on creamy pages
to the alphabet
of feeling


The above is my response to my first reading of Neruda this past weekend. I started with selections from the Elemental Odes (1954) and the New Elemental Odes (1956) as translated by Stephen Mitchell in Full Woman, Fleshly Apply, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda. (Harper Collins, 1998)


I love the poetry of nature and the poetry of people, and I want to experience their thriving. So I’ve found it important to educate myself about a challenge we face at