By Pablo Neruda

Forgive me if my eyes see

no more clearly than sea foam,

please forgive that my form

grows outward without license

and never stops:

monotonous is my song,

my word is a shadow bird,

fauna of stone and sea, the grief

or a winter planet, incorruptible.

Forgive me this sequence of water,

of rock, of foam, of the tide’s

delirium: this is my loneliness:

salt in sudden leaps against the walls

of my secret being, in such a way

that I am a part

of winter,

of the same flat expanse that repeats from bell to bell, in wave after wave,

and from a silence like a woman’s hair, a silence of seaweed, a sunken song.

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