Thursday, October 14, 2010

In Honor of the Chilean Miners: Pablo Neruda

I know Pablo Neruda would have something to say about this astonishing story of life. Here's what I found this morning from his The Book of Questions published by Copper Canyon Press.


Who works harder on this earth,
a human or the grain's sun?

Between the fir tree and the poppy
whom does the earth love more?

Between the orchards and the wheat
which does it favor?

Why a flower with such opulence
and wheat with its dirty gold?

Does autumn enter legally
or is it an underground season?

                          Pablo Neruda, translated by William O'Daly

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